Board Candidates Answer Whether McHenry County Should Keep ICE Detention Center

One of the questions at the October 11th McHenry County League of Women Voters Candidates’ Night was whether candidates supported the used of the Jail as an ICE detention center. First to answer was Democrat Carlos Acosta. He said it … 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

County Board Member Larry Smith Goes Full-Bore Free Enterprise in Opposition to Government Subsidized Solar Farms

At last Thursday’s McHenry County Board Committee of the Whole meeting, District 6 member Larry Smith was not shy about his opposition to solar farms on prime farmland. He doubled down at the McHenry County League of Women Voters Candidates’ … Continue reading

Two Days Before County Budget Rolllout and Bottom Line Still Missing

The McHenry County Board’s Finance Committee gathered for a long meeting on Tuesday, but a huge chunk of next year’s budget is still missing. What will the levy be? That’s the unanswered question. Committee members were told that a paper … Continue reading

County Board District 4, 5 & 6 Candidates Up Thursday, October 11th

Half of the McHenry County Board District’s candidates had their chance to present credentials and answer questions on Monday. Thursday at 7 at McHenry County College,, the McHenry County League of Women Voters will offer the other candidates for the … Continue reading

Jack Franks Bows to GOP Wishes That Shannon Teresi Be Appointed County Auditor

Shortly after McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer annpunced her retirement, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks appeared in a Northwest Herald article announcing that he wanted to abolish the office. In the same article former Crystal Lake Grade School Board … Continue reading

Commenter’s Take on Some County Board NWH Interviews

Camp Lake spent time listening to Northwest Herald interviews of some running for the McHenry County Board in the Republican Primary Election. Here are his/her reactions: Listening to the NWHerald interview: *Ersel [Schuster] is honest in that the tax decrease … Continue reading

Premium Illinois Taxpayers’ Group Names Michele Aavang & Larry Smith “Taxpayer Villains”

A press release from Jim Tobin’s Taxpayers United of America: TUA Exposes Two McHenry Tax Villains McHENRY COUNTY—Taxpayers United of America today named McHenry County Board members Michele Aavang and Larry Smith “Taxpayer Enemies,” and asked their constituents to make an … Continue reading

Republican Political Activists Gather for Steve Reick Pig Roast

The bargain fundraiser of the year at $10 was State Rep. Steve Reick’s Saturday afternoon House of Lawrence Pig Roast. There wasn’t a Patsy Cline tribute singer this year, but there was convivial conversation. County Board candidate Orville Brettman talked … 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

Orville Brettman Calls Out Michele Aavang and Larry Smith on Boycotting County Board Meeting

The following robo-call was sent to potential constituents in District 6: Good Evening. This is Orville Brettman candidate for McHenry County Board here in the sixth District calling. Your elected representatives Michele Aavang and Larry Smith took a dive last … Continue reading

Republican Orville Brettman Running for McHenry County Board in District 6

A press release from Orville Brettman announcing his candidacy for the McHenry County Board: ORVILLE H. BRETTMAN ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR McHENRY COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT A Genuine Conservative Republican Pledges to Bring Community & Business Experience, Sound Judgment, and Know-How to … Continue reading

Jack Franks Choices for Committee Chairmen Emerge from County Committee on Committees Meeting

The McHenry County Committee on Committees held its meeting today and the following Finance& Audit – Mike Skala (District 5) Internal Support and Facilities (formerly Management Services) – Yyonne Barnes (District 1) Law and Government – Michele Aavang (District 6) … Continue reading