Kelly Liebman Teaches Herself Lesson in Uncontested Races, Doesn’t Fill in Her Oval

A Friend of McHenry County Blog sent in a copy of the precinct letter she received from Kelly Liebmann in Greenwood Township Precinct 3. Liebmann’s letter informs voters to vote for D200 candidates Barbara Gessert and Susan Handelsman, along with … Continue reading

Algonquin Township GOP Endorses in MCC, D155 Races, Plus Only One Republican Candidate for Township Trustee

Here is what was delivered to my mailbox today: It is a sample ballot from the Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee. For the first time the Republican Party is officially endorsing candidates running in non-partisan races. Apparently, the party has … Continue reading

Mailing Arrives from McHenry County College Candidates Diane Evertsen and David Schenk

Into local mailboxes came the following mailing from McHenry County College Board members Diane Evertsen and David Schenk. Evertsen is a former County Board member who stepped down after two terms, as she promised when she first ran. Schenk holds … Continue reading

Daily Herald Endorses Incumbent, Past Member for McHenry County College Board

The Daily Herald, which rarely writes stories about McHenry County College, has endorsed two candidates with past experience as Trustees. Incumbent Linda Liddell was favored, along with former Board member George Lowe. None said they favored raising taxes, although Liddell … Continue reading

Six File for Junior College Board

With filing for local tax district offices having closed Monday, we can look at who is running for what office. McHenry County College saw five people file for Trustee on Monday: Diane Evertsen, Harvard David Schenk, Marengo Thomas Allen, Lakewood … 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

County Board Considering Health Coverage Changes

Almost two hours was spent by the McHenry County Human Services and Finance & Audit Committees discussing proposals for next year’s health coverage for non-union employees. At issue was about a $20 million budget item. Under proposals outlined by Cheryl … Continue reading

County Fair Politics and Religion

Took a swing through the McHenry County Fair this afternoon. Figured it would be cooler than tomorrow. Coming in the back door in the best air conditioned building, I spotted the McHenry County Citizens for Choice first. Across the aisle, … 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

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

$10 Million to Expedite Randall Road Land Purchase Rejected

The McHenry County Transportation Committee rejected the staff proposal to approve spending $10 million to “expedite” right-of-way purchase for an expansion of Randall Road. The article announcing proposal can be found here. Also contained in the article is how $5.7 … Continue reading

Demetri Makes Fourth Mailing

In the fourth mailing on behalf of his candidacy for Circuit Court Judge, Demetri Tsilimigras unrolls a list of endorsements. On the address side, he promises to “adhere to the highest ethical standards and enforce the law equally–without prejudice, bias … Continue reading

County Eliminates $3 Million Valley Hi Tax

The all-Republican McHenry County Board  Tuesday night voted unanimously to cut the tax levy for the Valley Hi Nursing Home to zero. The significant amendment did not even require a roll call, as County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller called for … 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