Jesse White Graces Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade

For the second time I can remember, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White drove the van for his Jesse White Tumblers at Crystal Lake’s 4th of July Parade. When the Tumblers came down Dole Avenue toward the First United Methodist … Continue reading

Franks IMRF Language Leaves Open IMRF Pension for McHenry County Board Chairman

State Senator Pam Althoff’s Senate Bill 2701, as amended by State Rep. Jack Franks in the Illinois House, leaves open the possibility that the next McHenry County Board Chairman, whether it is Franks or Mike Walkup, is eligible to participate … Continue reading

Marengo Parade Bands, Pols…Ending with a Big Bang – Part 4

Mentioned a couple of times was local radio station WXMR. Victory Rock Fellowship featured its presence on the air in a sign on the side of its float. Kelly Liebman of Wonder Lake announced her candidacy for McHenry County Board … Continue reading

Johnsburg Parade – Including Pol Report – 3

This third installment of Johnsburg’s Saufen und Spiel Parade starts with former Congressman Joe Walsh’s effort to honor our police officers. Walsh has been doing this since at least since a Memorial Day celebration at his Mundelein home that was … Continue reading

Johnsburg Parade – Including Pol Report – 2

After the Village Officials in the Johnsburg Parade came the Johnsburg High School Marching Band. And then came the partisan politicians. State Senator Pam Althoff, running for re-election, was first. Right behind Althoff’s walkers were those for State Rep. Jack … Continue reading

Johnsburg Parade – Including Pol Report

I attend McHenry County parades because politicians use them to try to gain name identification and support. Sunday I was at Johnsburg’s Saufen und Spiel Parade. The parade route was a long one. It went from the Village Hall down … Continue reading

Republicans Invited to March in Johnsburg Parade Sunday

This is from Steve Rooney, McHenry Township Republican Chairman: [Actually, Marengo has the last parade.] SAUFEN UND SPIEL Parade in JOHNSBURG. We will line up at 11:30 at the Village Hall, look for the GIANT ELEPHANT! Many Candidates and officials … Continue reading

Sparse Pol Turnout at LITH Parade

I noticed my camera’s battery was low when I got it out before the Lake in the Hills parade. Catching my attention were the two Algonquin Township Senior Buses ferrying people from one end of the parade to the other … Continue reading

CL’s Independence Day Parade – 4

A continuation of Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade entries with a political tinge. The next entry with a political message was the one for Parents Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Catholic Parents marched with the group. The next entry with … Continue reading

CL Parade Pols

Wondering whom I would be taking pictures of in Crystal Lake’s Sunday Independence Day Parade, I asked the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce for those considered political entries. Here’s what Chamber Exec Mary Margaret Maule provided: U.S. Senator Mark Kirk … Continue reading

Five Politicians Parade in Marengo

Partisan politicians were few and far between community organizations and commercial entries in Marengo’s Settlers Days Parade Sunday. Not counting the Mayor of Marengo, Don Lockhart, and Union Village President Robert Wagner, there were only five politicians in the town’s … Continue reading

Shoveling Sh*t for the Elephant

I went to the second most liberal college in Ohio–Oberlin College. Besides its quality (ranked first in co-ed colleges by the Chicago Tribune in 1959) and manageable size (something over 2,000), it created the Mock Political Convention. I considered Northwestern, … Continue reading