County Board Pensions and Health Insurance

There were two questions asked of all candidates who participated (only Mary McCann did not) in the McHenry County League of Women Voters candidates’ forums for County Board: Pensions (and insurance the second time around) Homelessness I’ll deal with the … Continue reading

23 Republicans, 5 Democrats Run for 12 County Board Seats

Here are the final filings for the Republican Primary Election for McHenry County Board: District 1 Yvonne Barnes, Cary Anna May Miller, Cary Terence Ferenc, Fox River Grove Tom Wilbeck, Barrington Hills District 2 Cameron Hubbard, Crystal Lake John Reinert, … Continue reading

Former County Board Candidate Makes Modest Suggestion of How to Fund Obamacare Counselors

An email from Nancy Gonsiorek, who ran unsuccessfully for a seat in District 3 on McHenry County Board in the GOP Primary Election, talks of how to fund Obamacare counseling being discontinued by the Family Health Partnership: Subject: Board Rejects … Continue reading

Time to Start Thinking about Running for School Board

Those who look at their property tax bills know that most of the money goes to school districts. Below is where the money went in the Algonquin Township part of Crystal Lake in a recent year. One will note that … Continue reading

Time to Think about Next Spring’s Elections

While attention is being focused on this November’s elections, filing for next spring’s municipal, school, junior college, park district and lesser districts happen shortly after the election. At the Republican Party’s Headquarter’s Grand Opening last Thursday night, Crystal Lake Grade … Continue reading

D47 Teacher Contract Approved; Objection to Retirement Incentive

Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47’s Board approved the new teachers’ contract by a 7-0 vote, but not before Nancy Gonsiorek expressed displeasure with pre-retirement incentives. They’re “really hard to swallow,” she said. “When we give big raises to teachers … Continue reading

ALAW Announces Endorsements

A press release from Patricia Kennedy, President of the Alliance for Land, Agriculture and Water: ALAW County Board Candidate Endorsements The Alliance for Land, Agriculture and Water (ALAW) endorses seven candidates for McHenry County Board: District 1: Andrew Gasser District 2: … Continue reading

NW Herald Endorses Gasser & Stieper in District 1, Gottemoller & Gonsiorek in District 3

The Northwest Herald rolled out endorsements for two McHenry County Board districts this morning. In District 1, challengers Andrew Gasser and David Stieper were selected over incumbent Robert Nowak. Time will tell if their promise not to take health insurance … Continue reading

Daily Herald Issues Endorsements for County Board

And, here they are: District 1 Robert Nowak and David Stieper District 3 Joe Gottemoller and Nancy Gonsiorek. District 5 John Jung and Michael Rein District 6 Ersel Schuster and Michele Aavang You can read the full endorsements here. = = … Continue reading

Gonsiorek Might Get Slight Advantage from Being First on the Ballot

I’ve written a couple of times about how ballot order can affect election results. My views come from a paper I read while studying for my Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the University of Michigan. The study was of … Continue reading

Donna Kurtz Raises Campaign Funds for County Board Race

For the second Thursday night in a row, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria was the site of a Republican event.  More sales tax revenue for my revenue-starved Village of Lakewood was one of my thoughts. Last week, it was for State Senate … Continue reading

Barb Wheeler State Rep. Fund Raiser Successful

An impressive crowd turned out for McHenry County Board member Barb Wheeler’s fund raiser for her State Rep. campaign. From those attending, I concluded that she will be the favorite of most of the McHenry County part of the 64th … Continue reading

Source Says District 47 Teachers Support Board Candidates

The people on the ballot for the Crystal Lake Grade School District 47 School Board number four: Robert Fetzner Nancy Gonsiorek Ryan Farrel Carlo Agnello There are three to be elected. I’m ashamed to tell you that my level of … Continue reading

Barb Wheeler Has Well-Attended Nunda Fund Raiser

Around the pool off Oak Ridge Road, McHenry County Board member Barb Wheeler had a well-attended fundraiser Saturday afternoon. Labeled a “Teeni Weeni Bikini Martini Pool Party, it lasted into the evening. There were musicians from Florida playing beach music … Continue reading