The Young Republicans of McHenry County are building a float at Melissa Denker’s farm in Dunham Township this Saturday from 9-2. The contact phone number is 847-533-1390.
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While I was waiting for the Marengo Settlers Days Parade I spotted the cap you see below:
Jack Jumps Out of the Box, “Vote Yes” on His County Executive Literature Same as “Republican” Group’s Yard Signs
I go to parades to see what candidates show up. And which ones don’t.
Last year, for instance, before Congressman Joe Walsh decided not to run where he lived, but, instead, run in a newly-gerrymandered 8th District which contains none of McHenry County, Walsh worked the parade and his prospective primary opponent Randy Hutlgren did not.
At Marengo’s Settlers Day Parade there were lots of fire engines and rescue vehicles, but not a lot of candidates.
One who would have been up front right after the fire engines was a no show.
That was Undersheriff Andy Zinke, one of three candidates for Sheriff in 2014, with his taxpayer-financed sign for the side of departmental vehicle.
Instead a female officer was riding in a community relations vehicle with Keith Nygren’s name on its side. (There was also a motor cycle rider with
Then, Jack showed up.
Not Jack Franks…not yet anyway.
The first Jack and the one drawing most attention, it seemed to me, was Captain Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean fame. The impersonator is really good.
The first Jack came right after the Marengo High School Band.
The contingent for the second, but hometown Jack came next led by the BAC JACK license plated Cadillac convertible Franks drives.
Supporters were passing out candy, but what caught my attention was the sheets of paper other were distributing, not just to the folks standing or sitting in front of the crowd, but the more casual spectators back along the sidewalks.
Then, along came Jack.
Not the pirate, but the lawyer-politician.
Even after the trailing edge of the Franks entry passed, volunteers were offering the flyer to people at the edges of the crowd.
So, what did the Democrat’s campaign piece say?
Take a look below:
The message on the front of the flyer is the same as on the yard signs that popped up on highway shoulders and in yards of Jack Franks supporters last weekend.
But missing is the
Paid for by McHenry County Republicans for Lower Taxes
Guess that front group doesn’t exist or has gone into hiding.
On the back of Franks’ “Republican” yard sign replication is a pitch for support of the County Executive Franks gathered signatures for.
If passed, Franks argues…
Yes, the broadside admits that it is “Paid for by Supporters of Jack Franks,” the State Representative’s Political Action Committee…Anyway, he argues…
- Lower property taxes with the government spending less
- Direct accountability to the voters
- A popularly elected County Executive
- Read checks and balances
- A more transparent government
- An accountable County Board
- STOPPING 21-straight years of increase property taxes especially at a time when housing values have dropped 40%
Franks next compares Will County taxes with those levied by the McHenry County Board.
He provides per capita taxes from 2005 through 2011, pointing out that Will county has had a popularly elected County Executive since 1989.
Following the Franks contingent was a dog dresses as a shark.
Whether having a pirate in front of Jack Franks and a shark-costumed dog behind has any significance, I don’t know.
Of the candidates for the Illinois General Assembly having parts of Lake in the Hills, only State Senator Dan Duffy showed up in person.
State Rep. Mike Tryon, who has no opponent, sent a car with his name on the side, plus volunteers to pass out candy.
But unopposed State Senate candidate Karen McConnaughay’s name went unmentioned.
And neither candidate in the 52nd State Rep. District showed up in the parade.
Republican candidate Dave McSweeney was elsewhere, as was Independent challenger Dee Beaubien.
But, I didn’t know that there political booths at the event.
And there was the photo you see above.
It is significant not only for its showing of McSweeney’s flag in Lake in the Hills, but for it anti-Mike Madigan message.
Why is that significant?
Because Dee Beaubien is running as an Independent.
However, Illinois Democratic Party Chairman and House Speaker Mike Madigan has provided two field workers, an over $8,000 poll, plus two mailings in support of her campaign.
Little wonder that I think Beaubien should be referred to as “Dee Beaubien (Ind.-Madigan).”
And, yes, the Chicago Tribune’s John Kass inspired me.
As soon as it became obvious that Mike Madigan was supporting Dee Beaubien’s campaign big time, Gasser put what you see below on his blog:
If I were running McSweeney’s campaign, I would have had four by four foot signs with this message all over the district two weeks ago.
The first political entry was Undersheriff Andy Zinke driving a Sheriff’s Department vehicle. Note the sign with his name and title on the door.
I say “political” because I never saw him in a parade before he announced he was running for McHenry County Sheriff in 2014 with Sheriff Keith Nygren’s full endorsement.
Maybe I wrote too soon.
I see that a truck carrying Lake in the Hills officials came before Zinke.
Since they are elected officials, their photos certainly belong in this article.
In the cab was Village Trustee Steve Harlfinger.
I recognize him because he comes to Grafton Township Board meetings in support of the Township Trustees.
Other village officials and family members were in the back of the yellow truck. Please help me identify them.
And while he’s not a politician, Lake in the Hill’s first Police Chief Irv Floress (can you remember the early 1960′s?) and his wife Lois were the Parade’s Grand Marshalls.
The last time I talked to Floress he was living in a lake community south of Rockford.
There were a couple of fire engines from the Northern Illinois Fire Museum.
While it’s non-political the truck with the message that the Lake in the Hills Historical Society had saved Ford School had been saved was neat enough to merit a photo.
The Dan Duffy for State Senate contingent came next.
Duffy’s volunteers were handing out plastic hands that, when shook, made a noise and looked as if they were clapping.
I asked one volunteer to hold up what she was passing out.
One of the next entries was Miss Lake in the Hills in a Black Diamond convertible.
Next came the Democrats.
And, as the sign on the side of the cars says, besides incumbent District 5 Democrat Paula Yensen, there was another County Board candidate, Nick Chirikos, who is running in District 1.
I turned around and found another Democrat. Looking at the photos, I note that the word “Democrat” does not appear on the signs.
Next came a dance school whose name I didn’t catch, but it had high steppers, as you can see.
Immediately thereafter was a group playing the Star Spangled Banner on violins. What a treat?
I thought that was the end of the parade and got ready to leave.
It turns out the pokey entry belonged to District 2 McHenry County Board member Donna Kurtz. Gone was the husband-powered Kurtzmobile. A spiffy red car was the replacement.
Entertainment was provided by a band and singers from Living Waters Church.
Walking with them was a clown named Caasi.
A car and people handing out candy for State Rep. Mike Tryon were the next political entry.
Close behind was a black pickup truck with signs for District 5 GOP County Board members John Jung and Tina Hill, plus District 1 County Board member Anna Miller.
Must be something about Lutherans, because right behind came another Lutheran Church entry.
This time it was Crosspoint Lutheran Church of Lakewood near Lou Malnati’s.
I look forward to election year parades in Lake in the Hills Labor Day Weekend Summer Sunset Festival, so I went looking for the time. It’s at 10 this Saturday.
I figured I might as well post the whole schedule for those interested in other events:
2012 Festival Schedule
Friday, August 31, 2012
|Food Vendors / Beer Garden||3:00pm – 10:30pm|
|Carnival||3:00pm – 10:30pm|
|Carnival Ride Wristbands||3:00pm – 7:00pm|
|Car Show||6:00pm – 10:00pm|
|THE MAIN STAGE||6:30pm – 10:30pm|
Saturday, September 1, 2012
|Food Vendors / Beer Garden
(Beer sales start at Noon)
|11:00am – 10:30pm|
|Arts & Craft Show||11:00am – 5:00pm|
|Kids’ Korner||11:00am – 5:00pm|
|Carnival||Noon – 10:30pm|
|Carnival Ride Wristbands||Noon – 4:00pm|
|Melon Propellin’ Competition||2:00pm|
|Battle of the Bands||2:00pm – 5:00pm|
|THE MAIN STAGE||6:30pm – 10:30pm|
Sunday, September 2, 2012
|Food Vendors / Beer Garden
(Beer sales start at Noon)
|11:00am – 10:30pm|
|Carnival||Noon – 10:30pm|
|Carnival Ride Wristbands||Noon – 4:00pm|
(Check in at 11:00am)
|Business Expo||Noon – 5:00pm|
|Kids’ Korner||1:00pm – 5:00pm|
|Got Talent?||2:00pm – 4:00pm|
|THE MAIN STAGE||5:30pm – 9:30pm|
A press release from McHenry County:
McHenry County declared a contiguous disaster county by the USDA
WOODSTOCK, IL – In response to the current drought conditions, the McHenry County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has reached out to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the United States Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA), surrounding counties, and the McHenry County Farm Bureau.
McHenry County received a “contiguous” agriculture disaster declaration this week from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The primary effect of this declaration is to address the crop loss by relieving some of the burden of the crop insurance premium.
For farmers who do have insurance, the USDA announced on Wednesday, August 1 that crop insurance companies have agreed to provide a short grace period for farmers on insurance premiums for 2012.
To help producers who may have cash flow problems due to natural disasters, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack sent a letter to crop insurance companies asking them to voluntarily defer the accrual of any interest until November 1, 2012, on unpaid spring crop premiums by producers. To assist the crop insurance companies, USDA will not require crop insurance companies to pay uncollected producer premiums until one month later.
For farmers who do not have insurance, the FSA will provide emergency loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters, or quarantine.
Emergency loans may be made to farmers and ranchers who own or operate land located in a county declared by the President as a disaster area or designated by the Secretary of Agriculture as a disaster area or quarantine area.
For physical losses only, the FSA Administrator may authorize emergency loan assistance.
Emergency loan funds may be used to: restore or replace essential property; pay all or part of production costs associated with the disaster year; pay essential family living expenses; reorganize the farming operation; and refinance certain debts.
For more information about FSA emergency loans, please contact David Petersen in the FSA Woodstock Services Center at 815-338-0444.
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I called McHenry County EMA Director David Christensen for some clarification and he told me because Boone County has been designated that since we are next door we get designated, too.
Because the declaration is only by the Secretary of Agriculture, rather than by the President, local farmers are not eligible for grants.
He said that happens with snow storm relief, too.
He wasn’t at the front of the parade but the owner of Port Edward, Ed Woloweic, was the Grand Marshall.
The parade took about an hour, truncated because of construction south on Route 31.
Most of the politic entries which I try to document were fairly near the front of the parade.
But, before they arrived, a volunteer for Congressman Peter Roskam, who will, pending a political upset of tremendous proportions, represent Algonquin Township in Congress next session, was sighted passing out small bags. With candy on their minds, a lot of folks took them.
Of course, there were the members of the Algonquin Village Board.
But before the politicians came Police Chief Russ Laine.
And an entry dedicated to the Chicago Cubs.
Founder Favorite Rusty Cherbak was surrounded by a Chicago Cubs wish fulfillment contingent.
There was even a goat. A billy goat, of course.
Then came the village politicians.
Village President John Schmidt waved.
Village Trustee Bob Smith was accompanied by Buzz Lightyear.
Village Trustee Debbie Sosine was in waving mode.
Trustee Jerrold Glogowski was one of three trustees walking the route handing out candy.
The other two were Jim Steigert and John Spella. Handing out candy is the Algonquin Parade is easy on Route 31 because the spectators are all on the south side of the street.
The village clerk came dresses as the clown Lazy Bonz.
The first partisan politician was District 1 Republican McHenry County Board member Bob Bless.
District 1 Republican McHenry County Board members Marc Munaretto and Anna Miller were driving in a Mercedes convertible by Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller.
I asked Munaretto, who is not running for re-election to the County Board, whether he was running for re-election for Algonquin Township Clerk.
“You’ll have to wait and see,” he replied.
That was the same answer he gave last year before for filing deadline for County Board.
There are no Democrats in District 1, but there is one in District 5–Paula Yensen.
Next came Jean and McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi.
McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer followed Bianchi.
Both Bianchi and McHenry County Auditor Palmer are unopposed this fall.
Kane County politicians followed the McHenry County ones.
There were two County Board members, Hollie Lindgren and Maggie Auger.
There are always pictures that could have been. The one below was going to be of the current and future Kane County Auditors, incumbent Bill Keck and candidate Terry Hunt.
Fortunately, I got a shot of Keck and Hunt before the parade.
“Take my picture. Take my picture,” the two members of the Eagles, a youth football team shouted as they mugged for my camera.
How could I resist?
Interrupting the parade was the girder from the World Trade Center brought by the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District.
On the sides of the fire engines you can see the above sticker.
I was seated on the porch of a closed building when I way something political after a truck for the Red Run. (The 5K is August 11th starting at Presidential Park in Algonquin.)
It was the McHenry County Republican Party entry…right at the end of the parade.
There was a banner for GOP State Rep candidate David McSweeney up front.
Right behind were people carrying Congressman Peter Roskam signs.
Then, Dave McSweeney passed me quickly. I got his attention and he turned around so I could get the photo above.
Next came the McHenry County Republican float.
I just kept snapping my shutter, getting County Board member Nick Provenzano and County Chairman & State Rep. Mike Tryon.
Next came supporters of State Senator Dan Duffy, whose district mirrors that of David McSweeney on the eastern edges of McHenry and Kane Counties.
Next I found McHenry County Board member Robert Nowak.
And with the passing of the next entry, cheerleaders from CEE Snowball Blast Grand Champion, the Algonquin Founders Day Parade was over.
Afterward, however, the young man who had been assiduously gathering candy during the parade put on a Young Republican sticker and agreed to let me take his photograph.
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A special note for you Sheriff’s Department watchers. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Department had no entry in the parade. Neither Sheriff Keith Nygren nor his Undersheriff Andrew Zinke was anywhere to be seen.
Regular readers will know that I go to parades to read political tea leaves.
Perhaps the biggest insight was that Democrat Jack Franks was in the middle of the Republican floats.Whether deliberate or not, it surely sent a mixed message to those along the parade route.
Especially since the McHenry County Republican Party refused to field an opponent to the reliable vote for House Speaker Mike Madigan’s continued one-man rule of Illinois.
I wasn’t the only one to make note of the parade order.
Fox River Grove Republican Precinct Committeeman Andrew Gasser wrote an article touching on that, plus the co-option of Republican activists by Franks.
There were lots of candidates at the reception besides Provenzano.
I saw Joe Gottemoller, Mary McClelland, Sue Draffkorn, all of whom seek to represent part of the McHenry area on the County Board.
Former GOP State Rep. primary candidate in the 52nd District Danielle Rowe was also present.
And, miracles of miracles, there were two Romney for President signs.
The parade was off.
Municipal officials came first.
The McHenry Aldermen kept coming in numerical order.
The next Alderman rode in a red pick-up truck.
A convertible carrying the only Alderwoman was next.
Congressman Randy Hultgren, who won all of McHenry County, but Algonquin Township, in Michael Madigan’s redistricted map, led off the Republican contingent with Provenzano.
And, then my camera froze, so I missed the other Republicans.
But it started working again as State Rep. Jack Franks worked the crowd on the other side of the street.
If there were any indication that Franks was running on the Democratic Party ticket and would vote to re-elect House Speaker Mike Madigan once he wins his uncontested race, I didn’t see.
More Republicans were behind Franks.
A Sheriff’s Department vehicle came next.
Not like the last Fiesta Days Parade I attended in 2010 when Sheriff Keith Nygren was being challenge by Democrat Mike Mahon. Take a look at the motorcycles, snowmobile, convertible, crime prevention trailer, perhaps being pulled by the vehicle above, but without Undersheriff Andrew Zinke’s name on its side.
But who was driving the vehicle?
Next was Mary Mahady, apparently running for McHenry Township Assessor.
Next spring township elections will be held throughout McHenry County, so this was the last time to increase one’s name identification in a Fiesta Days Parade. Johnsburg has one in October, where there will probably be more township candidates.
Seemingly out of place at the parade was former McHenry County Board candidate Rachel Smith from the western side of Wonder Lake. She was watching the parade before a cancer fund raiser for her aunt, whose last name is Jones.
Two years ago, it was Congressman Joe Walsh for whom restauranteur Perry Moy hosted a pre-Fiesta Days Parade reception.
Now that Walsh has lost the McHenry County portion of his 8th District, to be replaced by Congressman Randy Hultgren, Moy is doing the same on July 22nd for Hultgren, plus McHenry County Board member Nick Provenzano.
The details are below:
Invite you to join them for a FREE McHenry Fiesta DaysPre-Parade Reception
Plum Garden Restaurant
3917 W.Main St.
July 22, 2012
Meet with local elected officials, businesses and community organizations for dynamic networking, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments prior to the start of the McHenry Fiesta Day Parade (Click for map showing Plum Gardens location between Route 31 and the Railroad Station.)
Pick up your Hultgren for Congress t-shirt and join Randy
who will be walking with the McHenry County GOP
in the parade immediately following the reception.