Justin Hansen Shows $36,000 Ready to Spend on GOP Primary, Opponents Report Nothing

$36,112.93 to be exact as of the end of December.

Here’s where $18,560 came from during the last three months of 2019:

Alliance Contractors, Inc.1166 Lake Ave.
Woodstock, IL 60098
Andrle, James3311 Cardington Way
Johnsburg, IL 60051
Andrle, James3311 Cardington Way
Johnsburg, IL 60051
Bishop, Jim550 W. Woodstock St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Blake, Leslie2682 Cobblestone Dr.
Crystal Lake, IL 60012-2606
Blazier, Robert933 Wedgewood Drive
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Blazier, Robert933 Wedgewood Drive
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Bligh, William101 Van Buren St
Woodstock, IL 60098
Bligh, William101 Van Buren St
Woodstock, IL 60098
Brody, Steven15 W. Woodstock St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Chwala, Kevin10365 Church Road
Barrington, IL 60010
Committee to Elect Bill Prim9874 Fairfield Rd.
Hutley, IL 60142
David A. Ullrick, P.C.380 N. Terra Cotta Rd.
Suite K
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Franks, Gerkin, & McKenna19333 E. Grant Hwy
Marengo, IL 60152
Giesinger, David5518 Amber Way
Johnsburg, IL 60051
Golonka, Marcella6417 Walkup Lane
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Golonka, Marcella6417 Walkup Lane
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Gray & Gray LLC40 Brink St
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Gray & Gray LLC40 Brink St
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Gray, Robert101 W. Liberty St.
Barrington, IL 60010
Hunter, Thomas421 N. Hough St
Barrington, IL 60010
Jasinski, Michael4809 Oak Crest Rd
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Joule Technologies4167 West Orleans Street
McHenry, IL 60050
Kenneally, Patrick & Colleen3307 Oak Ridge Rd.
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Law Office Lee Wombacher101 S. Benton St
Woodstock, IL 60098
Law Office of Thomas R. Burney40 Brink St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Law Offices of Donahue & Walsh4310 Crystal Lake Rd
Ste C
McHenry, IL 60050
Law Offices of Frank A. Quatrino & Assoc.1730 S. Eastwood Dr.
Woodstock, IL 60098
LeCoque, Jay800 Country Club Road
Cyrstal Lake, IL 60014
Maule, Mary Margaret3901 Saddle Ridge
Johnsburg, IL 60051
Miller Verchota, Inc.444 N. IL Route 31
Suite 104
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Mohr, Terry1485 Commerce Dr.
Algonquin, IL 60102
Piwinicki, Beth6517 Colonel Holcomb Dr.
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Pratt, Elizabeth & Timothy101 W. Mill Rd.
Sheffield, IL 61361
Schrempf, Sarah1155 Palmer Ct.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Schultz, David1335 Karen Drive
West Dundee, IL 60118
Smith Physical Therapy & Running Academy215 Exchange Drive
Suite E2
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Swanson Martin & Bell LLP330 North Wabash
Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60611
Swanson Martin & Bell LLP330 North Wabash
Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60611
Swanson Martin & Bell LLP330 North Wabash
Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60611
Throneburg, Marcus320 South Chestnut St.
Kewanee, IL 61443
Wilbrandt, Robert360 Tanager Drive
Woodstock, IL 60050
Zank, Coen, Wright & Saladin40 Brink St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Another $4,120 came from contributions of less than $150.01.

The candidate provided $319.61 of in-kind donations.

Here is how his campaign spent $9,623.24:

  • Anedot, Dallas, TX – Technical support – $241.31
  • Cor Strategies, Palatine – Campaign work – $8,937.54
  • Creative Promotional Apparel, Carpentersville, T-shirts – $444.39

An additional $129 was not itemized.

Hansen’s opponents are former County Clerk and failed 2018 judical candidate Mary McClellan and former County Board member and Algonquin Village President Don Brewer.

Neither have filed campaign finance reports.

Such reports are not required until a candidate raises or spends $5,000.

IL-14: James Marter Involvement in March-for-Life Turned from Selfless to Selfish

James Marter

Discernment: Taking shots at primary opponents because they did not attend rally and over 18 year old comment disingenuous to the truth and goal to nominate candidate who can win in November

COMMENTARY: James Marter’s news release recently on Right to Life, which was published on Monday here on McHenry County Blog betrays insincerity to the truth and teachings of Scripture.

By chastising four of his opponents for not attending the Chicago March for Life on Saturday, January 11, Marter transformed his own participation from an act of selflessness and humility, into an act of selfish and prideful politics.

First, while openly calling out opponents Jim Oberweis, Sue Rezin, Ted Gradel and Catalina Lauf by name for not participating in the March for Life, he left out that opponent Jerry Evans was in Chicago that Saturday.

So he told a half-truth, which is a lie itself.

So let’s see what Ted Gradel, one of the candidates called out by Marter for his absence on the 11th, was doing during the March for Life:

Ted Gradel was serving the community, by helping people less fortunate than us who struggle to live a life, with a glimmer of fun and hopefulness.

All of us are an auto accident away from being a patient at Marklund or similar facilities.

One final note, Gradel served Marklund through his membership with Aurora/Fox Valley Notre Dame Club, not his congressional campaign.

And if anyone needs a refresher on Gradel’s stance on life, please click here for his passionate testimony about being adopted at birth, a genuine act of love that saved his life.

There is no doubt where Ted Gradel stands on Right to Life, even if he doesn’t attend a rally in Chicago.

Jim Oberweis

Once again, Marter takes a cheap shot at Jim Oberweis with another half-truth, saying:

“… During a previous campaign, State Senator Oberweis infamously equated pro-lifers to the Taliban, apologizing only when threatened with an opposing ad campaign from the Catholic League.”

James Marter, 1/14/20 press release, emphasis added

That “previous campaign” was the 2002 U.S. Senate primary 18 years ago which Marter failed to identify, and the Taliban reference was said in 2001 about a month after the 9-11 attacks on our country that year, making the ill-chosen words even more ill-chosen.

Oberweis was called out, Oberweis did the right thing and confessed and apologized, and repented.

The Scriptures I read teaches us to confront sin, let the sinner confess and repent and he’s forgiven before God and man. Oberweis clearly did that.

And two months ago, Oberweis earned the only pro-life organization’s endorsement to-date in the 14th district race in the 2020 primary campaign for Congress. Oberweis was endorsed by the Lake County Life PAC, the political arm of Lake County Right to Life.

Sue Rezin

As for the weak linkage of both Oberweis and Sue Rezin to agreement with Governor Rauner’s policies in spite of Oberweis’ and Rezin’s voting records, that was exposed for the stretch of the truth it was when he said this last summer, and Marter still has not learned his lesson.

Relevant links are here:

Catalina Lauf

And last, Marter turns upon Catalina Lauf in a two-pronged attack, the first one questioning her absence from the rally.

On that Saturday, Lauf participated on the Black & Right radio show as a phone-in guest.

She was also asked about where she stood on Right to Life, and she responded.

Readers can look at this article to hear what she said towards the end of the 8 1/2 minute interview.

But readers should also see what was written in the last portion of the article as it ties into Marter’s other description about Lauf concerning her work with Citizens for Rauner in 2018.

“Fear, waffling and flip-flopping go hand in hand, when you don’t have a firm grasp of what you stand for.

“It’s really a sign that your positions are for sale. Mine aren’t.”

James Marter 1/14/20 Press Release

As said in last Thursday’s article, Lauf, as recently as the interview with her in The Resurgent, Lauf does attempt to gloss over her 10 months working for Citizens for Rauner in both the primary and the general election.

While Lauf does need to explain the apparent incongruity of what she stated on the radio interview on January 11 with her employment for 10 months with Citizens for Rauner in both the primary and general election of 2018, everyone who lived through their 20s know those are formative years and she turned 25 nearly halfway through her employment with Citizens for Rauner.

But when Marter starts asking a “firm grasp”, the discernment begins with wondering of the 57 year old Marter when he was Lauf’s age of 26 1/2 in 1989, what was he doing for the Right to Life cause back then?

Look at Oberweis and having to be set straight after his Taliban comment of 18 years ago. Oberweis was 55 when that happened, so even though one’s mid 50s aren’t considered the “formative years”, we continue to grow in wisdom throughout our lives, as Oberweis did then.

Given the trend for new members of Congress is for men and women to be closer to Lauf’s age opposed to Marter’s, Republican primary voters are reminded to know what they are looking for in their eventual nominee.

Primary voters can see through this “purity test” Marter attempts to put on the four candidates recognized by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) “On the Radar” candidates as simply a desperate attempt to cast aspersions on his four better funded rivals who have resonated with voters more effectively than he has in 2020.

Or voters can also remember if their goal is to nominate the best candidate for Congress who has the best chance to unseat Congresswoman Underwood, will likely take less than perfection to any ideological litmus test, and remembering that no one is perfect.

This voter prefers a candidate who’s more consistent telling the whole truth opposed to perfection on any ideological litmus test while showing their commitment to a cause like the March for Life with humility and selflessness, not selfishness and pride.

Referendums on the Ballot in March

Here are the issues people will be voting upon during the Primary Election in March:


“Shall the Board of Education of Barrington Community Unit School District Number 220, Lake, Cook, Kane and McHenry Counties, Illinois, build and equip additions to and alter, repair and equip existing buildings, including but not limited to renovating instructional spaces, restrooms and food service areas, installing school safety and security improvements, replacing roofs and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and constructing additions to eliminate mobile classrooms, improve school sites and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $147,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?”


“Shall McHenry Township Fund, Operate, and Manage a McHenry Township Senior and Disabled Transportation Program for all McHenry Township Senior and Disabled Residents.”


“Shall McHenry Township, together with any road districts wholly within the boundaries of McHenry Township, be dissolved on, June 21, 2020 with all of the township and road district property, assets, personnel, obligations, and liabilities being transferred to McHenry County?”


“Shall Nunda Township, together with any road districts wholly within the boundaries of Nunda Township, be dissolved on May 18, 2037 with all of the township and road district property, assets, personnel, obligations, and liabilities being transferred to McHenry County?”


“Should the McHenry County Board pursue a new structure of the office of McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Schools, or enter into an agreement with another Regional Office of Education to share it’s services?”


Shall the Wonder Lake Fire Protection District, McHenry County, Illinois, be authorized to levy a new tax for emergency and rescue crews and equipment purposes and have an additional tax of .10% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein extended for such purposes?

(1) The approximate amount of taxes extend able at the most recently extended limiting rate is $963,994, and the approximate amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $1,152,054.

(2) For the 2020 levy year the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against property containing a single family residence and having a fair market value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $33.33.


Shall the municipal corporation of the Village of Oakwood Hills be dissolved?

Message of the Day – A Campaign Sticker

I nominate this for the worst candidate campaign sticker ever:

“The People’s Pledge”

It comes from Governor Bruce Rauner’s unsuccessful re-election campaign.

It doesn’t mention the candidate’s name.

It doesn’t explain the “pledge.”

I think it had to do with getting a constitutional amendment on the ballot regarding reapportionment.

But, no one reading the sticker–or a yard sign with the same image–would ever be able to figure that out.

I see that the yard sign does say, “Paid for by Citizens for Rauner, Inc.,” on its bottom.

Jim Marter Touts Pro-Life Position

From 14th District Republican Congressional candidate James Marter:

Marter Strongest on Pro-Life at Chicago March for Life

Marches with over 9,000 Pro-Life activists in Chicago

James Marter at Chicago Pro-Life March.

Oswego, IL (January 14, 2020) – The annual March for Life Chicago was January 11th and James Marter was one congressional candidate clearly unafraid of the cold or the political climate.

He stated,

“I am pro-life, 100% pro-life and un-apologetically pro-life. I will not rest until we have changed hearts and minds and have protections for ALL life, guaranteed.”

It is Jim Marter’s belief that every human being is a unique and unrepeatable gift of God, made in His image and likeness, in order to know, love and serve Him in this life, and to be happy with Him forever in Heaven.

He believes that every human life begins at the moment of conception and lasts until natural death, and that all people are endowed by their Creator with the inalienable right to life.

Without life, no other rights are possible.

Marter believes abortion is nothing less than depriving an innocent child, a person, of their life, their most basic human right, and therefore, abortion is gravely evil and never permissible.

Marter is running in the 14th Congressional District in a crowded March Primary to face Democrat Rep. Lauren Underwood in November.

Underwood supports abortion on demand and the largest abortion provider in the nation, Planned Parenthood, whose affiliates are under investigation for illegally selling baby parts for profit.

“A ‘real nurse’ wouldn’t support the taking of an innocent human life,” Marter said.

“It’s my mission to completely eliminate taxpayer funding for abortion and defund Planned Parenthood permanently.”

The 14th District is one that President Trump won, keeping a promise to be the most pro-life President in history.

Meanwhile, many of Marter’s primary opponents have less-than-stellar records on the issue and are avoiding the topic publicly.

Oberweis, Rezin, Gradel and Lauf were noticeably absent.

Marter on the other hand, has been consistently at the march and pro-life all his life.

The video section of his campaign website includes a moving pro-life testimony.

During a previous campaign, State Senator Oberweis infamously equated pro-lifers to the Taliban, apologizing only when threatened with an opposing ad campaign from the Catholic League.

He has not been a leader on Life.

At best, he has been a follower and a donor to garner support for his many campaigns.

Even more disappointing to the Pro-Life Movement is State Senator, Sue Rezin, R-Morris, Grundy County, with her vote for the ERA Amendment.

According to Illinois Stop ERA, this legislation would eliminate all abortion restrictions including those on partial birth abortions, where the baby is all but delivered and then killed before leaving the birth canal.

Adding insult to mortal injury, the legislation would force taxpayers to fund these atrocities against their will.

Both supported Bruce Rauner’s re-election primary campaign over Prolife advocate Rep. Jeanne Ives, after he wrote Planned Parenthood a $50,000 check and turned Illinois into the abortion capital of the Midwest (HB40) funding this genocide for both out of state and in state women with your Illinois taxpayer dollars.

They stood by him, despite both saying the former governor lied to them and the entire Republican caucus about his willingness to sign the bill.

Meanwhile Lauf was a paid staffer on Rauner’s primary campaign.

“Fear, waffling and flip-flopping go hand in hand, when you don’t have a firm grasp of what you stand for,” said Marter.

“It’s really a sign that your positions are for sale. Mine aren’t.”

Nominating a real conservative and bona fide Trump supporter in a district that the President won, is a crucial step to winning back the House in November.

The Primary election will take place on March 17, 2020.

Jim Marter, a graduate of Purdue University, is a small business owner of a professional ERP software, process re-engineering and consulting company with a national and international practice, and 34 years’ experience.

He is a life-long Republican and former Chairman of the Kendall County GOP.

For more information, visit www.Marter4Congress.US

IL-14: Lauren Underwood Endorsed by PearlPAC, Podcast with EMILY’s List

Lauren Underwood

Outlines the healthcare debate into four sub-issues & pathway to compete with her in the fall

Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood was endorsed by PearlPAC, a group, according to their website,

“…an independent, Black Female-led organization.  PearlPAC is harnessing the political power of people across America to help elect more diverse women to public office at all levels.”


So on Martin Luther King Day 2020, Underwood was one of several candidates endorsed in the 2020 elections, with 17 other black women.


A group that endorsed Underwood’s reelection already, the pro-abortion EMILY’s List, released a podcast of a 26 minute interview with Underwood as part of it.

During the podcast, Underwood broke down the healthcare issue as she sees it, and provides the Republican candidates the framework/scope how she sees it and how best to prove the Republican candidate is better than Underwood.

Underwood breaks down healthcare as:

  • Medical insurance premiums are too high
  • Deductibles are too high
  • Presecription drug prices are too high
  • Surprise medical expenses are too high

Some of the items have been heard from Underwood before in previous interviews or the commencement speech she delivered last May in California.

But there is new material, too, and the podcast is worth a listen:

The Underwood interview begins at the 7:55 mark and was prerecorded earlier this month.

IL-14: Jerry Evans Announces His Five Top Issues with Position Papers Coming

Jerry Evans

From the Jerry Evans Campaign:

Jerry Evans’ Top Five for District 14

“In the name of transparency and getting things done, I am presenting my legislative agenda for my first term in Congress and platform on which I will be campaigning against Rep. Underwood. As her constituents know best, Rep. Underwood is too radical for the 14th District. I am announcing my plan to bring back your values and your voice to the District.”

Jerry Evans, 1/20/20

1. Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

We don’t need government centered healthcare, we need patient centered healthcare. Fixing our healthcare system starts with reducing red tape by opening the market to allow insurance and pharmaceutical companies to compete across state lines. I would reform the system by increasing competition while ensuring further protection for Americans with pre-existing conditions. My plan would allow American patients to dictate the coverage and care they need.

2. Address the Immigration Crisis

Appropriating funding to finish the southern border wall is a number one priority and I will make sure President Trump has what is needed to secure our borders. I believe in creating a simplified, modern path, to allow legal immigration into our nation, while ensuring that we have a secure border.

3. Small Business and Middle Class Tax Cuts

Small businesses account for 99% of all businesses in Illinois. As a small business owner, I understand the burdens that small businesses and middle class America faces everyday. Additional tax cuts are needed to support the middle class and small businesses. I will be a lead sponsor of this legislation in the next Congress.

4. Defend the Unborn

As a man of God, I believe that life begins at conception and every life is absolutely precious. With deep sincerity and care for mothers, fathers, and unborn children, I will fight to end taxpayer funding for abortion. An unborn child is a person and I will fight to protect it’s right to life.

5. End Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the worst form of modern-day slavery and one of the most heinous crimes against humanity we see today: robbing people of their freedom, livelihood, and dignity. It is prevalent not only within the United States but also throughout the communities of the 14th Congressional District. As your next Representative, I will fight to eradicate human trafficking.

McHenry County Blog note: The Jerry Evans campaign has confirmed policy/position papers are forthcoming on Nos. 1 through 4 above. In November, Jerry Evans published a position paper on #5 and it can be found here.

Oberweis Signs Balanced Budget Pledge

From State Senator Jim Oberweis, running for the U.S. Congress:

Jim Oberweis signs Balanced Budget Amendment Pledge

Sugar Grove, IL – Jim Oberweis, candidate for Congress in the 14th District, has pledged his support for the Balanced Budget Amendment because he is concerned about the growing national debt and the negative impact this will have on future generations.

“Spending is out of control,” Oberweis. “We have a national debt approaching $23 trillion. There is no fiscal restraint when it comes to spending in Washington D.C. We are stealing the future of our children and grandchildren by continuing to spend money we do not have. If Congress can’t voluntarily rein in spending, then we need a Constitutional Amendment to force some fiscal restraint.”

Specifically, Jim is pledging to support a U.S. Balanced Budget Amendment that at a minimum:

  • Prohibits total annual federal spending from increasing faster than inflation up to 2% plus population growth with exceptions for social security and national emergencies.
  • Stipulates the state convention mode of ratification (a vote of the people)

He also is supporting the Let Us Vote for a Balanced Budget Amendment Resolution that:

  • Sets the time and place (“call”) for an Article V Convention of States to propose a U.S. Balanced Budget Amendment,
  • Voids any convention-proposed amendment unrelated to balancing the federal budget and
  • Stipulates the state convention mode of ratification (a vote of the people).

According to Let Us Vote for a Balanced Budget Amendment, regardless of which party has been in charge, the “national debt has grown, steadily, for the last sixty years. The Swiss, by contrast, adopted a constitutional fiscal limit they call the “Debt Brake” in 2001, which slowed total spending growth to about 2% per year. Subsequently, Switzerland has surpassed the U.S. in per-capita GDP, and while debt has risen dramatically across the world’s advanced nations, Swiss debt has declined without raising taxes.”  

Day After Women’s March, Day Before Martin Luther King’s Birthday, White Guy Beats Black Woman for Illinois Senate President

There is surely a good satirical article to be written containing the facts above.

Don Harmon

One would think women and blacks would be outraged at the injustice of a white guy beating a white woman for Senate President.

A bit of that has come out from the defeated black woman, Kimberly Lilghtfoot, in this article on Capitol Fax.

But, it’s more about feuding in the black political arena.

Nothing, however, from Jesse Jackson or another black advocacy source.

And no word from any element of the “Women’s Movement” that I could find.

Its members are also silent on the abuse of Muslim women.

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Marathon Pundit shares photos of Chicago’s Women’s March.

IL-14: Wednesday Debate Kicks Off Sprint to Republican Nomination

Jim Oberweis

14th Congressional District Candidates Forum


6:45PM – 9:00PM

McHenry County College (MCC)

Luecht Auditorium

Wedneday’s debate among the Republican candidates is the kickoff to the sprint between now and the March 17 Republican primary.

The primary debate on Wednesday will be the first, and longest, debate to see if Jerry Evans, Ted Gradel, Catalina Lauf, James Marter, Jim Oberweis, Sue Rezin or Anthony Catella can meet the challenge and emerge from the rest of the pack to challenge Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s reelection in November.

Currently, including Wednesday night, there are four candidates’ forums currently scheduled for the 14th district:

  • January 22nd, MCC at 6:45PM hosted by the McHenry County Republican Party
  • January 30th, Batavia City Hall, 7PM hosted by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Central Kane County, co-sponsored by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, LWV Aurora Area and LWV Naperville and includes state legislative candidates
  • February 6th, MCC at 7:00PM hosted by the League of Women Voters of McHenry County and includes 6th congressional district candidates
  • February 10th, Bolingbrook, hosted by three township organizations of the Will County Republican Party and includes 11th congressional district candidates
Jerry Evans

Given Wednesday’s debate is the only one where the entire evening will have the 14th district Republican candidates on the stage the entire two hours, it is shaping up to be the best of the four.

At this point, it is unknown if any of the local TV stations will host a televised debate between the Republican candidates for the 14th, and if so, if all 7 will be invited, or only the top candidates according to independent polling.

In an article published Friday, McHenry County Blog stated in the article title that Jim Oberweis is on his way to the nomination and Wednesday’s debate was the time to see if any of the other six candidates could change that.

At this stage of the race, it is Oberweis’ to lose. Any polling done will show Oberweis as the leader, so the real question in January is who will be 2nd and seen as the one alternative to Oberweis’ nomination.

Wednesday’s debate will be the time for one of the other candidates to “break-out” and emerge to challenge Oberweis for the nomination.

Catalina Lauf

And it needs to be on substance through facts, not on style, the number of social media followers or audience volunteers a candidate encourages to attend.

Maybe releasing a detailed policy/position statement/paper or two on a major issue may show that a candidate is a candidate of substance.

Between now and Wednesday night and given Oberweis has released his 4th quarter filing to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), if someone has better numbers than Oberweis, they would be wise to release it prior to Wednesday’s debate.

While no one else will have put in $600,000, they don’t have to. Oberweis raised only $126,000 from donors in the 4th quarter. Any candidate significantly topping that donor receipts number would be wise to release their 4th quarter FEC report before the debate and the January 31 FEC deadline.

Around this time in an election cycle, the Chicago Tribune will be taking its initial poll of the 14th district Republican primary, and other high profile contested primaries.

Oberweis with at least a 20 point lead would not be a surprise. If one recalls from September and the questionable polling results Oberweis released through McHenry County Blog, he had a 50-point lead in the summer.

Ted Gradel

The candidates are doing their own polling, too, and Oberweis’ 4th quarter FEC filing listed polling being paid for in November.

Almost a certainty the other campaigns are doing, or have done, polling, but we have no proof like we do with Oberweis’ FEC filing from last week.

As commented on Saturday, I think Oberweis’ $600K loan to himself at the end of December is his attempt to put the primary away in time for early voting to begin on February 6, and proof is he did a TV ad buy with his “Overturn” commercial.

Gradel, Rezin, or Lauf and the other candidates have no commercials, yet, or have they been seen on TV.

I’m sure at least Gradel, Rezin and Lauf will have TV advertising in the primary campaign, but in this race, if you’re not on TV, you’re not going to win.

And there is something else that could happen after Wednesday’s debate at MCC which all candidates but Oberweis need to heed — Oberweis’ frontrunner status could/will lead to Oberweis to begin skipping joint appearances with his opponents.

Sue Rezin

That’s a common frontrunner tactic that works just like negative advertising.

If Oberweis’ internal polling and independent polling confirms a big name ID lead for Oberweis in the 20+ percentage points range, don’t count on Oberweis appearing at local candidates’ forums unless it is televised.

The other six candidates, in particular, Gradel, Rezin and Lauf, need to approach this debate as the last time they may face Oberweis on a public debate stage.

Meaning, the gloves must be off on Wednesday, because they may never have another shot on the same stage. If Gradel, Rezin, Lauf, Marter or Evans want to stop Oberweis’ momentum, they can not play it safe and only talk about Lauren Underwood, the Squad, “AOC” and socialism, they must take aim at Oberweis, by name.

Joe Biden, in the Democratic presidential campaign, has been very effective selecting his audiences, staying away from large “cattle call” appearances at state meetings/conventions throughout 2019.

At the time, he could afford to get away from missing such appearances, and his competitors could not.

James Marter

He didn’t miss a televised debate, but he definitely missed large appearances back when there were nearly 2 dozen candidates running.

In a much smaller way, Oberweis is in the Biden position, and as said earlier, unless it’s a televised debate, Oberweis may not be on stage with his primary opponents again after Wednesday.

Put another way, this may be Gradel/Rezin/Lauf/Marter/Evans best/only shot at Oberweis on the same stage.

Anthony Catella

Now, the newspaper editorial board interviews, which are usually recorded on video now, could prove very revealing, and will be watching for those video releases from the newspapers.

But the final sprint to the March 17 finish line is on, and catching up to and passing Oberweis by March 17 is the key to crossing the finish line first.

County Clerk Joe Tirio Urges Early Voting, Locations Given

From McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio:

McHenry County Clerk, Joe Tirio and his staff unveiled the first in a series of limited edition, commemorative “I voted” decals.

Early Voting schedule announced and commemorative “I voted” decal unveiled

The sticker features a bust of Susan B. Anthony, champion of women’s suffrage.

“Recognizing a woman’s right to vote was a landmark moment in our country’s history, and a fitting subject for our first commemorative decal.

“Susan B. Anthony is the undisputed leader of the women’s suffrage movement and is an icon of our country’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

The decals will be deployed to all early voting locations in limited quantities.

“In addition to honoring Miss Anthony and the 19th amendment, our hope is to get more of our citizens out to vote early, to reduce congestion on Election Day.”

Early voting begins in the Clerk’s office on February 6th. Between March 3rd and March 16th, you can vote at one of our 13 early voting locations.

“We’ve expanded our early voting opportunities to make it easier than ever before to find a convenient place and time to vote,” Tirio continues.

“We encourage early voting for its convenience, and because ‘Life Happens’ and sometimes it happens on Election Day.

“Voting early ensures your vote gets counted.”

The staff of the County Clerk’s office encourages you to visit their website for the most updated information regarding early voting, Election Day voting and any other election related topics at https://www.mchenrycountyil.gov/county-government/departments-a-i/county-clerk

Message of the Day – A Flag

At Crystal Lake’s Indpendence Day Parade last year, the Daughters of the American Revolution entry contained a Betsy Ross Flag.

Betsy Ross American Flag

Here’s the front of the DAR contingent:

The Kiswaukee Trail Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

IL-14: Lauren Underwood Receives Update of Electronic Health Records Implementation and Impact to 2020 Elections

Lauren Underwood

Homeland Security Committee update needs discernment as Underwood used DHS expert to testify on the importance of the EHR system

As the 2020 elections loom larger and with the Republican candidates debating each other this coming Wednesday at MCC at 6:45PM until 9PM in advance of the primary election less than two months away, who will be the best to compete with Congresswoman Lauren Underwood in the November election for Congress representing the 14th district is an important decision for primary voters.

Something informed Republican primary voters must assess of the Republican candidates is who can best discern the Underwood record, and discern fact from fiction.

Voters will best gauge how discerning a Republican candidate is when the candidates begin publishing their policy/position statements/papers. The expectation is the position papers is a “deep dive” into an issue facing Congress and challenging the Underwood record with what the voters in the 14th district need, and the approach to achieve the policy goal(s) and objectives.

This article is an example of the kind of discernment the Republican candidates must exhibit in order to qualify to be on the same virtual stage with Underwood from March 18 through November 3, and convince voters the district would be better represented by the Republican nominee instead of the Democratic incumbent.

The topic for discernment is one of Underwood’s legislative accomplishments signed into law last month. The funding for the implementation of an electronic health records (EHR) system for Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The EHR was initially proposed by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood as part of her legislation H.R. 3525, “U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act” which was promulgated by observations and input Underwood received during her first of three visits to the southern border in April of last year.

As has been documented multiple times on McHenry County Blog, most recently on December 26, H.R. 3525 passed the House on September 26 on a near straight party line vote of 230-184, with two Republicans and the independent joining the Democrats approving the Underwood legislation.

Here is the section of H.R. 3525 addressing the EHR:


(a) In General.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Chief Medical Officer of the Department, shall establish within the Department an electronic health record system that can be accessed by all departmental components operating along the borders of the United States for individuals in the custody of such components.

(b) Assessment.—Not later than 120 days after the implementation of the electronic health records system, the Chief Information Officer, in coordination with the Chief Medical Officer, shall conduct an assessment of such system to determine system capacity for improvement and interoperability.

From H.R. 3525

H.R. 3525 is awaiting approval in the Senate, and as the Republicans pointed out back in September during floor debate, President Trump would veto the legislation, therefore the Senate is unlikely to take up the bill.

The EHR for DHS was appropriated $30 million for the remainder of fiscal year 2020 (through 9/30/20) as part of the two appropriations bills which passed both houses of Congress late last month and was signed into law by President Trump on December 20.

The DHS appropriations was included in H.R. 1158 as documented below:

(b) Of the amounts made available by this Act for “U.S. Customs and Border Protection—Procurement, Construction, and Improvements”, $30,000,000 is for the development of an agency-wide electronic health records system; Provided, That such amounts are designated by the Congress as being for an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

(c) The amounts in subsection (b) may not be obligated until the Department of Homeland Security Chief Medical Officer provides written certification of compliance with the requirements described in the explanatory statement accompanying this Act concerning electronic health records to the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

H.R. 1158 from Title II Section 212 (2)(b&c)

As discussed in the December 26 article, one of the reasons the Republicans opposed H.R. 3525 was the mandate the EHR be implemented in 90 days. Clearly, the 90-day mandate was removed in the appropriations legislation which is now law.

With the background, the video from last Tuesday’s House Homeland Security Committee hearing includes the update Underwood received from Dr. Alexander Eastman, a senior medical official at DHS and the first 5 minutes of the nearly 6 1/2 minutes of video is an update on the EHR:

Source: Congresswoman Lauren Underwood YouTube Channel

While this video and Underwood’s congressional office press release from Tuesday is on the surface informational, for the 2020 elections, note how the health safety of the border communities, in addition to the immigrants and asylum seekers being processed by DHS, is touched upon as a latent benefit of the EHR implementation.

And then Underwood, around the 4:40 mark of the video, had to editorialize how the EHR will be “saving lives”. And it’s not lost on a discerning viewer that Dr. Eastman did not concur with Underwood’s “saving lives” assertion, nor did Underwood ask him to concur.

So, in addition to a Homeland Security accomplishment, later this year, expect the “saving lives” as another focal point on the Underwood strength of healthcare, and “as a nurse”, how her being in Congress is accomplishing healthcare solutions.

And as discussed in an article from Wednesday, and yesterday, healthcare is one of the most dominant issues in the 2020 elections, including medical coverage and lower prescription drug prices.

Look at how far beyond the first two things the average voter thinks about healthcare is expanded to the health security of border communities through the EHR. This gives new meaning to the common Republican immigration bromide of “securing the border”.

Republican primary voters will need to be discerning to nominate the most qualified Republican candidate who can exhibit between now and the primary how they will successfully challenge Underwood on healthcare, including Homeland Security and the bipartisan support for the EHR (once the 90-day implementation mandate was dropped in December).

And if the candidates are doing a position paper on immigration, they must acknowledge the DHS EHR and the genuine accomplishment it is with the 90-day implementation mandate removed while challenging components of all of the legislation Underwood has supported which impacts the border and Homeland Security, including H.R. 3525, and the testimony of the EHR supporting the humane treatment of everyone processed by DHS.

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DeWitt Advises Small Businesses of Minimum Wage Tax Credit

From State Senator Don DeWitte:

Small businesses reminded of minimum wage tax credit

With the first wave of minimum wage increases taking effect, increasing the wage from $8.25 an hour to $9.25 an hour, small businesses are being reminded of the minimum wage tax credit that is available to them.

In an effort to help offset these increased costs, small businesses are eligible for the Minimum Wage Credit, giving them a maximum credit of 25 percent of the difference between the new minimum wage and what each employee was paid previously. The percentage allowed each proceeding year will decrease before sunsetting in 2026.

There’s no question that the new $15 minimum wage law will certainly have far-reaching implications on our local, small businesses. While many businesses will face hardships complying with the new minimum wage law, I hope they take advantage of this tax credit to provide them with some relief.

Businesses and nonprofits with 50 full-time equivalent employees or less are eligible for the tax credit, which they can now begin to claim on their quarterly Illinois Withholding Income Tax Returns.

For more information on the Minimum Wage Credit and how to calculate this credit, visit tax.illinois.gov

Illinois House District #66: Carolyn Schofield on Offense with Allen Skillicorn Ethics Complaint

Allen Skillicorn at Mike Buehler Fundraiser 1/16/20

And Skillicorn minimizes the clear evidence he is in the wrong

Early Saturday afternoon, McHenry County Board Member Carolyn Schofield, who is challenging State Representative Allen Skillicorn in the Republican primary for the 66th representative district, issued the following Facebook meme:

I am running for State Representative because I am frustrated that it has become mainstream for politicians to lie and…

Posted by Carolyn Schofield for IL State Representative District 66 on Saturday, January 18, 2020

In addition to the Harvard Milk Days schedule attached to the Facebook post, Skillicorn himself tweeted for his volunteers to assemble in Harvard at 12:30PM:

When the ethics complaint was filed with the legislative inspector general earlier this week, State Senator Don DeWitte tweeted the following, including the tweet published on Wednesday as a screenshot. DeWitte’s statement was not included, but is included here for reference:

So, thinking Skillicorn was going to do the right thing and clear this up, I defended him in Twitter:

But in Thursday’s POLITICO Illinois Playbook morning newsletter, Skillicorn said the following:

What Skillicorn told POLITICO was a deceptive half-truth. No one disputes he was in Springfield on June 1st, it’s WHEN he was in Springfield and the discrepancy with the voting record.

Skillicorn was clearly acting like a congressional candidate (per his tweet) in the early afternoon of the 1st of June and the photo evidence in Schofield’s Facebook post, but from 12:11PM until he arrived on the House floor, votes were being recorded in his name when he was nowhere near the Capitol or in Springfield.

So if I understand clearly what Skillicorn told POLITICO, the House record is accurate during those early afternoon votes when he was in Harvard and in transit because he was in Springfield by late afternoon on Saturday?!?

Even though he was on the other side of the state in Harvard when the first votes, including a quorum call, were taken and he was nowhere near Springfield let alone in the Capitol?

COMMENTARY: State Representative Allen Skillicorn just do the right thing.

For now, let’s see what the legislative inspector general does with the complaint.

POLITICO Illinois Playbook link for 1/16/20:

McHenry Police Activity

From the McHenry Police Department:

Time Period: Thursday 01/09/2020 thru Wednesday 01/15/2020

During this time period the McHenry Police Department:

  • Handled 526 calls for service
  • Investigated 13 Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Conducted 182 Traffic Stops
  • Conducted over 173 Business Checks and Foot Patrols
  • Handled calls for service involving Domestic Disputes
  • Handled call for service involving crisis intervention
  • Arrested individuals on State criminal charges


Telecommunicator Joseph attended 9-1-1 Customer Service training hosted by the Illinois State Police at their Chicago District in DesPlaines, Illinois.

Several McHenry Police Department officers attended Active Shooter/Rapid Deployment training hosted by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office at McHenry County College.