GOP Recommends Either Dave Stieper or Ralph Sasso to Replace Andrew Gasser on County Board

A press release from McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Sandra Salgado: County Board Vacancy District 1 The McHenry County Republican Party is excited to announce our two candidate nominees for the County Board vacancy in District 1. Mr. Gasser served … Continue reading

Barb Wheeler Barely Passes Bill to Cut Power of Precinct Committeemen in Party Caucuses

The Illinois General Assembly settled a fight among McHenry Township Republicans Wednesday. Four years ago, insurgent Republicans took control of the McHenry Township Republican Party from followers of long-time power house Al Jourdan, Jr. Members of the former ruling faction … Continue reading

Franks Enters Republican Politics More Overtly Than Attending GOP Fund Raisers

Based upon his position as McHenry County Board Chairman, Democrat Jack Franks has the statutory authority to nominate a replacement for recently-resigned Republican County Board member Andrew Gasser. Gasser resigned to devote his efforts to his new position as Algonquin … Continue reading

GOP Seeks Applicants to Fill Gasser Spot on County Board

McHenry County Reublican Party Chairman Sandra Salgado asks those who wish to replace District 1 County Board member on the County Board to submit the following to her: Resume and brief summary of political participation outlining involvement over the past … Continue reading

Rauner Speaks to $100 a Plate Dinner for McHenry County GOP

The McHenry County Republican Party held its annual Lincoln Day Dinner last nigth. I had planned to attend, but had not fixed the date in my head. When I received the information about Governor Bruce Rauner’s schedule for yesterday and … Continue reading

GOP Robo-Calls to Correct Lie that Jack Franks Is a Republican

The following robo-call from the McHenry County Republican Party went broadly across McHenry County Sunday afternoon. It was to correct the Lying Jack Franks mailing sent by an Illinois Realtors PAC. The voice was of GOP Chairman Sandra Salgado. Are … Continue reading

Republicans View Presidential Debate at McHenry Moose Lodge

McHenry County Republicans gathered in Johnsburg at the Moose Lodge to watch the Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. I had a family affair and couldn’t make it. Fortunately, Kelly Liebmann sent some photos. Lots of candidates were … Continue reading

Republicans Raise Money, Heard Candidates, Soldier

The McHenry County Republican Party held its annual fundraiser at a hanger on the north side of the Lake in the Hills Airport. It’s a low expense affair with, presumably, the hanger donated and eats and drinks provided by Crystal … Continue reading

State’s Attornty Candidate Patrick Kenneally Criticizes Criminal Justice “Reform” Movement

Below are the notes and speech of Republican candidate for McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally. Welcome to everyone and thank you all for doing me the honor of attending. Begin by acknowledging every past and present member of law enforcement … Continue reading

Chris Christensen Edges Out Nancy Gonsiorek as Replacement for Nick Provenzano on County Board

The District 3 Republican Precinct Committee exercised real power Tuesday night at GOP Headquarters in the Crystal Lake Plaza. And, it wasn’t a closed meeting like the Democrats have had to slate their candidates. Each Committeeman got to cast votes … Continue reading

Pols on Parade in McHenry – Part 2

Yesterday, I told you most of what happened to me before the parade (one surprise to come later). Today, let’s look at the politicians courting voters in the McHenry Fiesta Days Parade. I had to walk through these poms each … Continue reading

Pols on Parade in McHenry – Part 1

Or I could entitle this, “My very hot Sunday at the Fiesta Days Parade.” It started at a reception for Congressman Randy Hultgren hosted by Perry Moy, the owner of Plum Garden. Touring the room, I found lots of Republican … Continue reading

The GOP State Convention

A couple of dozen McHenry County Republicans went to the Illinois Republican Convention in Peoria last weekend. The U.S. Senator Mark Kirk wing of the party seems to have stacked the Platform Committee. It voted to get rid of the … Continue reading

Jeff Thorsen to Lead Grafton Township GOP

McHenry County Board member and candidate Jeff Thorsen was sworn in as the new Chairman of the Grafton Township Republican Central Committee. He replaced Paul Serwatka, who nominated him. Brief discussion was held regarding whether to hold a primary election … Continue reading

County Board Blanches Open Meetings Act Suit Boil

Using a cost-benefit approach, an 18-4 vote of the McHenry County Board settled a suit brought by Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers over an alleged violation of the Open Meetings Act when the majority of a … Continue reading

Dems Announce Secret Meeting Choices for Office

As predicted, the name of the Democratic Party’s candidate for State’s Attorney was announced in the Northwest Herald. The name didn’t make the headline on either page 16 or page 17. The headline was Democratic Party chooses candidates for several … Continue reading

Jim Durkin Supports Steve Reick in Johnsburg

Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin came to the Johnsburg Community Club to make a pitch for nominating Steve Reick in the Republican Primary Election on Tuesday. The event was sponsored by the McHenry Township Republican Central Committee, chaired by … Continue reading