Contested Precinct Committeeman Candidate Sends Out Postcard

Contests for Republican Precinct Committeeman are few and far between. This year there is a repeat of a three-way race in Seneca 1. R Mark Gummerson, who won the seat in 2012 from McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster (also running for … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Compensation

McHenry County Board members get paid a salary of $20,815.86 a year. The average salary is almost $33,000 when health and dental insurance is included. And, even more if the County Board member is participating in the Illinois Municipal Retirement … Continue reading

Politicians in the Johnsburg Saufen und Spiel Parade

Two previous posts have focused on the beginning of the parade, where all the village officials rode in Thunderbirds, and on the biggest contest in McHenry County, the race for Sheriff. After the Johnsburg Village Board members, the first politician … Continue reading

Women Rule on McHenry County Board Committee Assignments

After the election of officers, the new McHenry County Board Chairman (woman, what’s she want to be called?) appoints one person from each District to a Committee on Committees. That’s the committee that recommends who should be put in what … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Members May Have Signaled Intention to “Tax to the Max” Again

Getting as much money out of taxpayers is pretty much the goal of every tax district official, from school board member to township trustee. To do that, boards need to ask for more than the increase in the Cost of … Continue reading

Mixing Democrat Jack Franks among the Republicans at McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade

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 … Continue reading

More Votes Appearing in District 4 County Board District Show Bob Mertens in 4th Place, instead of Linda Murphy

Last night when I did the story about McHenry County Board’s District 6, the numbers showed that the three incumbents were winning, plus Linda Kvidera Murphy. Take a look: Having not a clue what happened between then and when the … Continue reading

In County Board District 4, Incumbents Headed for Re-Election, Linda Murphy’s Efforts Rewarded with 4th Place Finish

I don’t know what John Hammerand did right, but he’s running first when neither his ballot position (in the middle) nor his gender would have led one to predict it. Of course, he is an incumbent who works his constituents … Continue reading

Tea Leaves at the Northwest Herald

Maybe it’s not tea leaves. Maybe it’s newspaper clippings to which I should allude. In any event, the first two McHenry County Board endorsement editorials got me thinking. McHenry County’s paper of record has suggested dumping Board Chairman Ken Koehler … Continue reading

Property Tax Hike Becoming County Board Top Issue – Part 2

After an overly long set-up yesterday, today we move into what office seekers who attended the McHenry County Young Republicans’ Candidates’ Forum said about the County Board’s having decided to maximize the amount of money it will take out of … Continue reading

District 4 Republican Primary Voters Must Eliminate Two McHenry County Board Candidates

There are four seats open in each McHenry County Board district. In the McHenry-Wonder Lake-Richmond-Spring Grove-Lakemoor district, there are six candidates. They are incumbents John Hammerand Sandra Salgado Sue Draffkorn The fourth incumbent, Pete Merkel, is retiring. Newcomers are Bob … Continue reading

Who Voted to Raise Your County Taxes?

The McHenry County Board failed to break with the “increase the tax take as much as possible” crowd, but they came close. Barb Wheeler made the motion to remove the CPI and Nick Provenzano seconded it.   Wheeler is a candidate … Continue reading

Marc Munaretto Seeking to Replace Ken Koehler as County Board Chairman

Multiple sources have confirmed that the man who placed third in the contest to be named McHenry County Board Chairman is running again. The vote in 2008 was sixteen for Ken Koehler, six for Barb Wheeler and two for Marc … Continue reading

The Politicians in the Johnsburg Saufen und Spiel Parade

First among the politicians at the Johnsburg parade was McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren. Unlike other parades, there were not four motorcycles accompanying him.  Usually there are two from the Sheriff’s Department and two from the McHenry County Conservation District. … Continue reading

DuPage County Board Salary Freeze Puts Pressure on McHenry County Board

There’s a movement on the McHenry County Board to freeze their own, plus countywide officials’ salaries. And a counter-movement to raise the salaries of the McHenry County Clerk, Treasurer and Sheriff. There’s politics involved, of course, Those voting for such … Continue reading

How Social Conservatives Won the McHenry County Board Video Slot Machine Fight

It’s been a couple of weeks since the McHenry County Board bucked Chairman Ken Koehler, State Senator Pam Althoff, State Rep. Mike Tryon and those who stand to gain financially from placement of video poker machines in local taverns and … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Bans Video Slot Machines 13-10-1

OK. I was wrong. I predicted last night that the McHenry County Board would approved what proponents insist on calling video poker. But, this morning social conservatives on the board pulled off a 13-10-1 victory. That was with the help … Continue reading