McHenry Township Consolidation Opponents Showing Over $7,800 Available for Campaign

Contributions to Political Action Committee–Citizens for Facts First–opposing the consolidation of the McHenry Township Road District into the Township total $7,841.51. You can see the big contributors below: $1,200 – Loan from Mariclare Adams $500 – Lake Cook Plumbing Service, … Continue reading

McHenry County Farm Bureau Contributes $1,250 to County Board Candidates

The McHenry County Farm Bureau Political Action Committee has made $250 contributions tothe following  five County Board candidates: Joe Gottemoller John Jung Carolyn Schofield Larry Smith Chuck Wheeler The contributions are misidentified as “expenditures,” rather than “transfers.” The fund has … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Candidates Answer Seven Questions – Return of Title X

Instead of finding a quote from each of the nine District 1,2 and 3 candidates for McHenry County Board who were featured in the McHenry County League of Women Voters Forum, let’s take a look at their answers to one … Continue reading

County Board Candidates from Districts 1, 2 & 3 on Display Tonight at MCC

The McHenry County League of Women Voters will hold a forum for County Board candidates running in Districts 1, 2, and 3 on Monday, October 8th. In District 1 the following are candidates: Republican Bob Nowak Republican Christopher Spoerl Democrat … Continue reading

County Board Candidates from Districts 1, 2 & 3 on Display Monday, October 8th

The McHenry County League of Women Voters will hold a forum for County Board candidates running in Districts 1, 2, and 3 on Monday, October 8th. In District 1 the following are candidates: Republican Bob Nowak Republican Christopher Spoerl Democrat … Continue reading

Joe Gottemoller Get Campaign Reporting Done Early

It’s only four days into the fifteen day filing period for campaign finance filing, but McHenry County Board member Joe Gottemoller, running for re-election, has finished that chore. Here are the contributions he reports by name (those over $150): $250 … Continue reading

NWH Endorses All Republicans Who Appeared for Interviews

In its Editorial Board endorsements, Jack Franks, who seems to have enormous influence on the placement of articles, struck out. Not one Democrat running for the McHenry County Board was endorsed. Franks’ allies who trashed McHenry County Clerk candidate Joe … Continue reading

County Board Candidate Lori Parrish’s Fundraiser

Overlapping McHenry County Board candidate Carolyn Schofield’s fundraiser Tuesday evening at Crystal Lake Brewing was one for Lori Parrish at the Bulldog Ale House. I met Parrish’s running mate, Joe Gottemoller, coming out of the establishment on his way to Schofield’s … Continue reading

Democratic McHenry County Board Member Paula Yensen Uses “Slush Fund” to Criticize Joe Tirio, the Same Way the Illinois Integrity (sic) Fund Did in Anonymous Primary Hit Pieces

Former McHenry  County Board member Ersel Schuster gives her take on the interaction of Republicans on the McHenry County Board with Democratic Party Board Chairman Jack Franks after his strident criticism of Recorder of Deeds (and, more importantly, GOP County … Continue reading

Video/Audio Still Missing at Midnight, Jack Franks’ Cover Up Continues

McHenry County Board member Chuck Wheeler emailed Deputy County Administrator Scott Hartman at 12:18 this morning that access to the contents of yesterday’s Committee of the Whole meeting was still not available to the public. Here is his email: Mr. … Continue reading

CL Independence Day Parade – Part 5 – Joe Tirio

A group of Republican candidates followed State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally’s entry.at Crystal Lake’s  Independence Day Parade on July 7th. Republican candidate for County Clerk, current Recorder of Deeds Joe Tirio was the first one. Next up was a jeep. Walkers … Continue reading

Nunda Township Selects Joe Gottemoller as GOP Leader Again

The Nunda Township Republican Central Committee organized before Wednesday’s McHenry County GOP Convention. Without contests, the following were selected as officers: McHenry County Board member and former Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller as Chairman Nunda Township Supervisor Lee Jennings as Vice … Continue reading

Cary Grade School Board Alumni Caucus Likely on Next McHenry County Board

Chris Christensen was the first person who had served on Cary Grade School District 26 to serve on the McHenry County Board. He was appointed to replace Nick Provenzano when Provenzano resigned to become the District honcho for Congressman Randy … Continue reading

The McHenry County Board Minority’s Argument Against Granting Jack Franks Retroactive Approval for His Patronage Hire

McHenry County Blog reported in a timely fashion the names of those McHenry County Board members who voted to approve the highly irregularly hired patronage employees by Jack Franks last Christmas, but they seem worth posting against they are again before … Continue reading

CL Gets $1.4 Million to Install Two Left-Turn Lanes on Virginia Street Road to Virginia Street

At the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Wednesday, the City of Crystal Lake received a $1.4 million grant to construct a second left-turn lane from Virginia Street Road to Virginia Street, otherwise known Route 14. That’s what McHenry County’s member … Continue reading

Franks’ Patronage Push Loses in First County Board Committee

The patronage employees that Jack Franks hired without County Board authorization around Christmas last year did not received a reprieve in the Internal Services Committee yesterday. After Franks prevailed upon County Administrator Peter Austin to exceed the hiring authority granted … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Member John Reinert Announces Candidacy for State Senate

Surround by local political influentials and friends, McHenry County Board member John Reinert announced his candidacy for State Senate. In the crowd were current State Senator Pam Althoff, former State Rep. Mike Tryon, County Board members Chris Christensen, Joe Gottemoller, … Continue reading

Nunda Township GOP Meets Candidates

The Nunda Township Republican Central Committee met Tuesday night. Candidates for next year’s GOP Primary Election made pitches, as did representatives for other officials up for re-election. When I arrived, State Rep. candidate Tom Weber has already spoken. He is … Continue reading