The County Board IMRF Question Copy

The following was first published the day before the March 15th Primary Election, but, in view of the County Board meeting of last night, I think it is worth repeating: I have been so inundated that two topics that deserve … Continue reading

The County Board IMRF Question

I have been so inundated that two topics that deserve thoughtful consideration haven’t been covered. One of them is the practice of McHenry County Board members getting pensions. David Stieper and Andrew Gasser brought up the topic during the 2014 … Continue reading

Committee Votes Down Maintenance Workers Contract

Last Tuesday, the McHenry County Board’s Facilities Management Committee could not muster a majority to recommend the maintenance workers union contract with Operating Engineers Local 150. The vote was 2-2 with three members absent. Voting in favor were Jim Heisler, … Continue reading

Township Consolidation Dead – Updated with Public Comment

Led by McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller, thirteen members tacked the lid on the coffin of the township consolidation movement. During the lengthy public comment period, in which the opponents of township consolidation dominated the podium, County Board members … Continue reading

County Board Supports Governor’s Turnaround Agenda

You’ll be hearing more about the contents of the following resolution, which passed the McHenry County Board on a 16-5 vote Thursday morning. Voting against the resolution were Tina Hill Mary McCann Anna May Miller Mike Skala Bob Nowak The … Continue reading

Munaretto Fails to Get County Real Estate Contract

Former McHenry County Board member Marc Munaretto failed to get a contract to handle real estate deals with the County at Tuesday night’s meeting. This was the second time the resolution to approve him made it to the Board floor. … Continue reading

Gasser Defeat of Chirikos Means GOP Controls All Seats on County Board

In District 1 after about 3,150 early and absentee ballots were added to in-person ballot results from last night, newcomer Andrew Gasser of Fox River Grove defeated incumbent Democrat Nick Chirikos of Algonquin by 382 votes. That increased his 169 … Continue reading

County Board May Have No Democrats

There are now two Democrats on the McHenry County Board: Nick Chirikos Paula Yensen With 20,000 absentee and early votes still missing, Republicans are ahead in all districts where Democrats are on the ballot. With three precincts outstanding, candidates for … Continue reading

NWH Endorses Chirikos, Gasser, Gottemoller & Kopsell

The Northwest Herald started rolling out its endorsements Friday. For District 1 on the McHenry County Board, the paper endorsed the incumbent Democrat and the non-incumbent Republican: Nick Chirikos (D-Algonquin) Andrew Gasser (R-Fox River Grove) Odd man out was incumbent … Continue reading

High Property Taxes Dominate County Board Forum

Andrew Gasser: “McHenry County is the 29th most expensive county to live in the nation, not Illinois, in the U.S.” Joe Gottemoller: “[We need to] hold the line on taxes. The County portion is flat.” Chuck Wheeler: “I believe in … Continue reading

Steve Reick Holds Fundraiser at Plum Garden

A fundraiser was held for Republican candidate for State Representative Steve Reick‘s Thursday night. The site was Plum Garden, the restaurant owned by Perry Moy, a prior opponent of Democrat Jack Franks. Photos that have been sent me indicate that the … Continue reading

County Board Discussing Gun Discharge Ordinance

The Natural and Environmental Resources Committee met March 17 and discussed, among other things, an ordinance to prohibit the discharge of a firearm. Below is the ordinance in searchable form: Ordinance Regulating the Discharge of Firearms in Unincorporated McHenry County … Continue reading

Daily Herald Issues Endorsements for County Board

And, here they are: District 1 Robert Nowak and David Stieper District 3 Joe Gottemoller and Nancy Gonsiorek. District 5 John Jung and Michael Rein District 6 Ersel Schuster and Michele Aavang You can read the full endorsements here. = = … Continue reading

District 1 County Board Candidate David Stieper Uses Gravy Train to Emphasize His Opposition to Pensions and Health Insurance for Part-Time Board Members

Images of an upcoming mailing have been received from McHenry County Board candidate David Stieper. He is seeking one of two Republican nominations in the southeastern-most District 1. (Other candidates who would like to share their campaign materials are welcome … Continue reading

County Board Member Robert Nowak Flipped on Randall Road Intersection

In District 1, GOP incumbent Robert Nowak is being challenged by Andrew Gasser and David Stieper. (The other incumbent is Democrat Nick Chirikos.) What follows is the last paragraph from the Daily Herald article on the District 1 Republican Primary … Continue reading