Mike Tryon Announces Retirement as GOP Chairman at Lincoln Day Dinner

The McHenry County Republican Central Committee had its annual Lincoln Day Dinner at d’Andrea’s Saturday night with over 180 in attendance. Probably the biggest news of the night was that State Rep. and County Republican Party Chairman Mike Tryon announced … Continue reading

Operating Engineers Local 150 Courts Local Republicans and Jack Franks

When candidates report receiving contributions from the International Union of Operating Eng Local 150 State County Local Area PAC, they uses different designations. Here is how it is listed with the Illinois State Board of Elections: Intl Union of Operating … Continue reading

McHenry County Republican Party Reformers Surface

There have been rumblings that the originally McHenry Township-based coalition nurtured by long-time McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Al Jourdan (who first won that post in 1968) is under severe challenge. One could tell by looking at all the new … Continue reading

GOP Precinct Committeeman Challenges Set for Tuesday

The McHenry County Electoral Officers Board will meet Tuesday morning and afternoon to settle disputes in three precincts about who should be allowed on the ballot. In Dunham Township, one of the largest in Republican votes, incumbent Melissa Denker’s petition … Continue reading

Four Challenges to GOP Precinct Committeeman Candidates

Four challenges of petitions of people running for Republican Precinct Committeeman have been filed. Two are in one precinct, Dunham Township.  Dunham Township had not had a committeeman for years until Melissa Denker decided to run there. Now, William R. … Continue reading

Republican Romney-Obama Debate Viewing Party at Corkscrew Bistro in McHenry

Here are the details: Don’t forget the third debate party is tomorrow night. As in the past food will be served. There will also be a cash bar. Third Debate Watching Party Tuesday, October 16th 7:00 – 10:00 PM Corkscrew … Continue reading

Republicans Will Gather in Crystal Lake & West Dundee

A press release from the McHenry County Republican Party: McHenry County GOP to Host Debate-Watch Party CRYSTAL LAKE…..The Republican Party of McHenry County will host a presidential debate-watch party this week on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Cottage in Crystal … Continue reading

150 Come for Free Romney Signs and/or to Watch Final Night of Republican National Conventon

McHenry County Republican Party Chairman made robo-calls (I got two, one right after another) to invite people to Crystal Lake’s d’Andrea’s for a free Mitt Romney yard sign and to watch the final night of the Republican National Committee. The … Continue reading

Attempt to Woo Ron Paul Supporters Takes a Hit in McHenry County

Mark Widhalm, a Delegate candidate for Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign, ran for Republican Precinct Committeeman in McHenry 3 as a write-in. He didn’t win, but was appointed to the spot. Now he has resigned. His resignation letter appears below: Mike … Continue reading

Special Meeting Intitiator Sharon Meroni Reflects on Tonya Franklin’s Rejection by McHenry County Republican Party

An email from Sharon Meroni, who organized the effort to get Tonya Franklin on the ballot to oppose Democrat “Chainsaw Jack” Franks. Meroni, a write-in candidate for Republican Precinct Committeeman in Fox River Grove, did something I have seen no … Continue reading

“Chainsaw Jack” Franks Gets Third Free Ride in Four Elections Compliments of the McHenry County Republican Party

The McHenry County Democrat who can do almost no harm, according to the Northwest Herald, is getting a free ride for the third out of four elections. Instead of allowing Tonya Franklin and her supporters to go out and see … Continue reading

Illinois Reformer Castigates Mike Tryon

Back in his student days, Andy Martin-Trigona so irritated the legal establishment in Illinois by probing the corruption in the Illinois Supreme Court that when he got his law degree he wasn’t granted a license. Since then he has been … Continue reading

Tonya Franklin Introduces Herself

A press release from Tonya Franklin, who is seeking the McHenry County Republican Central Committee’s blessing to run for State Representative against Democrat Jack Franks. Tonya Franklin Introduces Herself Tonya Franklin, a local Republican and a nationally renown Tea Party … Continue reading

15 Days from “Chainsaw Jack” Franks’ Big Celebration Because the McHenry County GOP Didn’t Put Up an Opponent, Even though Tonya Franklin Volunteered

There’s still an opportunity for McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Mike Tryon to call a Central Committee meeting at which the two Representative Committee members besides himself could be appointed. But, it’s his call. Is he willing to take responsibility … Continue reading

Wouldn’t You Think Tom Cross Would Want an Opponent for “Chainsaw Jack” Franks? 17 Days to Get One

State Rep. Tom Cross, the Republican House Minority Leader, put a lot of pressure on State Rep. and McHenry County Republican Chairman Mike Tryon to get his budget staffer selected to fill Mark Beaubien’s shoes. Gaffney ran a decent campaign, … Continue reading

McHenry County Republican Party Shows $7,200 in Bank

McHenry County Republicans ended up with about $2,000 more at the end of March than they had at the beginning of the year, ending March with $7,188.71. The annual Lincoln Day Dinner was the major fund raiser and also amount … Continue reading

Why Cutting and Pasting Doesn’t Always Work

Yesterday, I took from the McHenry County Republican web site something State Rep. Mike Tryon had put up about educational reform. It contained “Talking Points for Educational Reform.” Undoubtedly handed out to all Republican members of the Illinois House. One … Continue reading

Franks Lashes Out at McHenry County Good Ol’ Boys

Thursday in the Chicago Tribune, Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks lashed out at McHenry County Republicans who had the audacity to put up an opponent, John O’Neill, in last fall’s election. The comments were in a story covering a … Continue reading