Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 45

State Rep. Jack Franks brought his supporters to Crystal Lake for the July 3rd Independence Day Parade. It was the first time I have seen him in this parade. His State Rep. district contains precious little, if any, of Crystal … Continue reading

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

CL’s Independence Day Parade – 5

Part 5 of political aspects of the Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade. Here’s one with a political message from the Environmental Defenders: Next, came marchers for the new FoodShed Co-op. This group is trying to start a locally-based grocery store. … 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’s Independence Day Parade – 2

We continue today looking at things political in Crystal Lake’s July 4th Parade–held on July 5th. McHenry County Board member Donna Kurtz rode on her Kurtzmobile. Her mother, former State Rep. and now District 155 High School Board member Rosemary … Continue reading

Republicans Dominate CL Indpendence Day Parade – Part 1

Readers know that my primary reason for attending parades is to look out for political implications. But what gave me the biggest kick was the Crystal Lake Strikers playing “Wipe Out” in front of the First United Methodist Church. There … Continue reading

McHenry County Ethics Commission Will Hear Complaint about Undersheriff Andy Zinke’s Using Office Email for Political Purposes

I mailed the complaint last week and the McHenry County Ethics Commission will hold its hearing next Thursday: The ETHICS COMMISSION has scheduled a meeting for Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. to conduct a hearing to determine sufficiency … Continue reading

Politicians Appear at Crystal Lake’s Independence Day Parade

A statewide official, two congressmen, one county official, three candidates for McHenry County Sheriff, three County Board members and Crystal Lake City Council members were spotted at Sunday’s 4th of July Parade. I spotted signs for two state legislators, but … Continue reading

Parade Season for Politicians

Some candidates took some heat for campaigning at Memorial Day parades, but anyone wanting to be critical of politicians touting themselves at Independence Day parades needs a remedial history lesson. The first candidate to send me a photo was Mike … Continue reading