Pam Palmer Plans Fundraiser Dec. 2nd

Just one day after three new McHenry County countywide elected officials will be sworn in, Auditor Pam Palmer is holding at $40 fundraiser at d’Andrea’s in Crystal Lake.

The Christmas-themed event will be held Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30.

Canned food donations are requested.

Christmas trees, decorated by public officials and groups have been asked to donate and decorate a tree.

The trees will be auctioned off at the end of the evening.

Details appear below:

 

Hammerand Offers Thanks

McHenry County Board member John Hammerand, recently re-elected, offers the following:

John Hammerand

John Hammerand

The scary Halloween season is over.

As the Political brochures are packed up, signs disappear from our landscape, and the ringing of the phone stops sending chills through our bodies, we can look back at the good that was accomplished.

Your will has been expressed throughout the Political landscape.

Now my job, and yours, will be to make the promises of less government and lower taxes the plan for action.

During my years of political service, I have come to see McHenry County’s populace as thoughtful and caring.

But also, they have an eye in recognizing abuse of the Constitutional Rights of the Citizens.  Our government is By the People!

Your willingness to take the time to show up at meetings and voice your opinion when you feel abused harkens back to the founding of our country.

I Thank You for standing with me and making me the top vote getter in my district.

The patriotism demonstrated throughout McHenry County after I pointed out the usurpation of your rights re-energizes me and makes it easier for me to point out to my Colleagues on the Board that the Voters of McHenry County still care about what happens at our Board Meetings.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I thank Our Lord for all those who helped in my Campaign – Family, Friends, Colleagues, but especially you, the Voter, who made it all possible.

Keep watching at www.hammerand.com for important issues that affect you.

Biography of Cal Skinner, Sr. – Part 3 – First House, Elected President of the Easton, Maryland, Town Council

Previous parts of this biography can be found below on McHenry County Blog.

The night I was born, June 11, 1942, my father and his Methodist minister friend Charles (Charlie) Jarvis, who baptized all three kids and, having moved to Illinois to the first pastor the Oak Park Methodist Church, officiated at Dad’s funeral, sat on the porch of the Easton Memorial Hospital drinking beer.

His wife Eleanor was inside doing the heavy work.

It was the night of the first blackout. (During World War II communities prepared for air attacks by using shades to block light coming from their homes.)

Since I was conceived before Pearl Harbor, my father was not drafted. He also was working in what was considered an essential industry. Those two factors, rather than his mis-set broken arm probably keep him out of harm’s way.

212 South Aurora Street, Easton, Maryland.

A local owner of property, Mrs. Hubbard died and her homes went up for auction to settle her estate. Dad was bidding on her home, which was at 212 S. Aurora Street. As I remember the story, he had $2,000.

The bid went higher.

Mr. Frank Shook, his boss at Tri-State Packers, offered to loan him $500 and, with that money, he bid $2,500 and bought his first house. (It had weathered wooden shingles then. I remember tossing what Mrs. Hubbard had stored in the attic out the window, which seemed very high up to someone in grade school. I got a lot of great old stamps, because she saved every letter.)

Shortly thereafter Mr. Shook retired and Dad became the Tri-State Packers’ Executive Secretary.

That must have been about the time Dad was spending a lot of time on Capitol Hill. As one of the closer trade associations.

Dad worked his father’s farm in Queen Anne’s County when his father fell ill.


The National Canners Association often called on him to appear before congressional committees during World War II. Dad always got cannery operators to testify, knowing that congressmen would rather hear from someone in the trenches than a hired gun.

The high-powered attorney the national association retained gave him some advice I have repeated many times:

“Cal, there are two kinds of lawyers. Those who tell you why you can’t do what you want to do and those who tell you how to do what you want to do.”

Dad and I preferred the latter.

Besides working at the trade association, Dad managed a cannery at least one summer.

He also worked his father’s farm when his father became incapacitated. You see him behind the mule.

Cal Skinner, Sr., was a young President of the Easton Rotary Club.

As an up-and-comer in Easton, Dad was elected president of the Easton Rotary Club, which met in the Tidewater Inn. From the award for club excellence I found, it appears that must have been in 1944-45. (Plaques just don’t take the place of those hand-lettered awards, do they? Click to enlarge.)

His friend Walter Barnes, who ran a men’s store across from the courthouse, was Mayor of Easton. When a vacancy occurred as head of the legislative branch, the town council, Dad ran unopposed and won. (I remember walking with my mother when she voted at the fire house on the side street near the Avalon Theatre.)

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More tomorrow.

McHenry County State Employess Earning $66-$71,000

The average salary of the following McHenry County residents working for state government was in the $66-$71,000 range.

RYAN WILLIAM C EQUIP OPERATOR LABORER STATE TOLL HWY AUTH $71,851.43
DELEO THOMAS E DRIVER SVCS METRO MGR SECRETARY OF STATE $71,787.00
MILLER JOYCE A HUMAN SVCS CASEWORKER DEPT OF HUMAN SVCS $71,758.12
HEURICH PAMELA J TECH MGR III DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION $71,729.41
BOEHNING WILLIAM MIL AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC DEPT OF CENTRAL MGMT SVCS $71,575.18
ALLEN MICHAEL K AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION $71,389.58
VANADELSBERG CHRISTI ENGINEERING TECH III DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION $71,322.55
SMITH BRIAN R EQUIP OPERATOR LABORER STATE TOLL HWY AUTH $71,126.24
DELLAMORTE GINA M EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER $70,909.06
PETERSON MARK C EQUIP OPERATOR LABORER STATE TOLL HWY AUTH $70,739.51
BARCH JAMES W HWY MAINTAINER DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION $70,661.41
BERANEK CHRISTOPHER JUVENILE JUSTICE SPECIAL DEPT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE $70,572.97
SERRATO DANIEL C HUMAN SVCS CASEWORKER DEPT OF HUMAN SVCS $70,510.13
FOX KATHRYN L HEALTH FACIL SURVEIL NURSE DEPT OF PUBLIC HEALTH $70,220.80
STAUBITZ NANCY S HUMAN SVCS CASEWORKER DEPT OF HUMAN SVCS $70,130.62
ANDERSON DUANE J HUMAN SVCS CASEWORKER DEPT OF HUMAN SVCS $69,970.01
GAYSOWSKI JUSTIN M OPERATIONS COM SPECIAL II DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION $69,724.17
JONES JAMES R JUVENILE JUSTICE SPECIAL DEPT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE $69,629.54
DAVIS DONALD E PUBLIC SERVICE SUPERVISOR SECRETARY OF STATE $69,474.50
SERSEN RONALD L SIGN HANGER DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION $69,439.04
RAABE JAMES R EQUIP OPERATOR LABORER STATE TOLL HWY AUTH $69,359.06
JOHNSON JEFFREY DUAN EMPLOY SECUR FIELD OFC SUPR DEPT OF EMPLOY SECUR $69,294.50
CLARKSON DEBORAH OFFICIAL CT REPORTER III CT REPORTERS $69,071.22
BARTIK DAVID W HWY CONSTRUCT SUP I DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION $69,015.76
STONE-ZINKE DEBORAH PUBLIC SERVICE ADMIN CHILDREN & FAMILY SVCS $68,868.28
SMITH ALISHA LATOYA INSUR CO FIELD STAFF EXAMNR DEPT OF INSUR $68,823.00
AMBROGI RONALD E CHILD WELFARE ADV SPEC CHILDREN & FAMILY SVCS $68,767.28
JOHNSON DAVID J EQUIP OPERATOR LABORER STATE TOLL HWY AUTH $68,462.08
RODRIGUEZ NORMA E HUMAN SVCS CASEWORKER DEPT OF HUMAN SVCS $67,725.90
VALINO GETULIO P REGISTERED NURSE I DEPT OF HUMAN SVCS $67,571.86
GARCIA MARIO HWY MAINTAINER DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION $67,377.98
TORMAN DONALD A EQUIP OPERATOR LABORER STATE TOLL HWY AUTH $66,568.74
DELATORRE FRANCIS R VETERANS SERVICE OFCR DEPT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS $66,474.00

Gasser’s Campaign Financing

Gasser NWH Big Shot 11-09-14

On Sunday, the Northwest Herald featured this Andrew Gasser election night photo on the front page of its second section under the heading, “Big Shots.”

I figure it’s past time to take a look at who contributed to various McHenry County Board candidates’ campaigns.

Starting with District 1, let’s look at newcomer Andrew Gasser.

At the beginning of July, the Fox River Grove resident had $3,803.58 in his campaign fund.

He raised $2,408.42 in the next three months.

During that period those contributing over $150 were

    • $250 – Citizens to Elect Lou Bianchi
    • $155 – Eileen Marhoefer, Crystal Lake
    • $250 – Demetrios Tsilimingras, Cary

$1,753.42 was raised from donations under that reporting amount.

Since September 1st, the following amounts of $1,000 or more were contributed to Gasser’s campaign fund:

  • $1,000 – Committee to Elect Dan Duffy
  • $1,000 – Steve Willson, Lakewood
  • $1,000 – David McSweeney for State Representative
  • $1,000 – James and Maureen Muncy, Alexandria, VA

Spending in chunks of over $150 since July 1st that has been reported so far shows

  • $611.20 – Cary Country Club, fund raising – hall rental
  • $265 – Cross & Oberlie, Neenah, WI, printing
  • M-13 – $348.98, palm cards

Biography of Calvin L. Skinner – Part 2 – College, Marriage, First Jobs

The first part of my father’s multi-part biography ran yesterday. Today, Father’s Day, we’ll

Dad graduated debt free from college in three and a half years.

Somehow I have gotten the impression that he was something of a lady’s man. I don’t know how he had time.

He had to take off one semester to work the farm while he father was sick, which I didn’t know until I read my sister Jan Patel’s memories.

Dad’s goal in life was to become a county ag agent.

One of his part-time jobs was candling eggs at a market in Washington, D.C. The Southeast District of Columbia market still exists and I believe it is now an upscale shopping area.

(Later, during the Richard Ogilvie administration, the McHenry County Republican Party sent out a list of jobs that were open. Dad had been elected Algonquin Township Precinct Committeeman in 1966, when I ran for McHenry County Treasurer, and served until 1988. He had been head of the local Nixon citizens committee in 1960. He lost a GOP primary race for County Auditor in 1964 to Harley Mackeben, McHenry County Board Chairman and Grafton Township Supervisor.

(In any event, “egg candler” was one of the jobs and Dad guessed rightly that no one else would have relevant experience. Don’t know where the job was located, but he didn’t get it. Of course, he didn’t really want it.)

Mom was teaching in Elkridge, Maryland. It’s on the Western Shore. Her first year, she coached her girls basketball team to second place in the state tournament.

My mother and father were married on July 31, 1938, in Wilmington, Delaware. The fancy marriage certificate says it was by a Methodist Episcopal minister named Wingate Daniel Short.

Mother lived in Barclay at the time; Dad in Sudlersville, both in Maryland. Helen Roe Stevens and Addie Louise Skinner were the witnesses.

After college, my father taught agriculture in Cordova, Talbot County, Maryland, but discovered it didn’t pay well enough to support a wife.

Then, he took a job with the Federal Land Bank in Baltimore. The two lived in an upstairs apartment in a row house.

As an appraiser, he worked with farmers who held loans with the Land Bank when the Pennsylvania Tollway right-of-way was being purchased, among others.

In 1941,he took a job as assistant to the Tri-State (Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey) Packers Association in Easton, Maryland, with the prospect of becoming its Executive Secretary when the man who hired him retired. I think his name was Frank Shook. They lived in half a house until I was born in 1942.

My September, 1941, conception occurred before Pearl Harbor and for some reason that kept Dad from being drafted. Dad also worked for what the government considered an essential industry–food production. That may have contributed to his deferment later in World War II.

I found a Red Cross Volunteer arm patch, which I assume was Dad’s.

I know he told me that he did serve as a lookout along the shore to see if German submarines were within site.

I’m not sure where, but the coastal areas were worried that a submarine would land spies or saboteurs, I guess.

Our home county of Talbot has more miles of waterfront than any other in the country. (And, the British did bombard St. Michaels during the War of 1812. And, the Nazis patrolled the Eastern Seaboard looking for Allied ships.)

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Tomorrow – More of Cal Skinner, Sr.’s biography.

$71-75,000 Salaries for McHenry County State Employees

Today’s list of McHenry County state employees and their salaries presents the range of $71-$75,000.  State Rep. Jack Franks appears on this post.

From 2008-2012 the median household income in the county was $77,325.

ROGALSKI MARK B HUMAN SVCS CASEWORKER DEPT OF HUMAN SVCS $75,154.06
TORRES ALBERT H ENGINEERING TECH III DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION $75,104.88
KING SUSAN RESEARCH ATTY APPELLATE CTS $75,006.23
BENKOWSKI STEVEN L HWY MAINTAINER DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION $74,781.05
FETTING DAVID L AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC STATE TOLL HWY AUTH $74,641.48
FRANKS JACK D STATE REP STATE OFCRS $74,569.20
TABAKA RANDALL S EQUIP OPERATOR LABORER STATE TOLL HWY AUTH $74,412.23
EVERY VICKY A HUMAN SVCS CASEWORKER DEPT OF HUMAN SVCS $74,251.96
MEYER LAURA E HUMAN SVCS CASEWORKER DEPT OF HUMAN SVCS $74,151.11
ICKOVITS SANDY HUMAN SVCS CASEWORKER DEPT OF HUMAN SVCS $74,101.62
NULLE BRUCE CHARLES WATERWAYS CONSTRUCT SUPV I NATURAL RESOURCES $73,956.59
ALDRIDGE BYRON L EQUIP OPERATOR LABORER STATE TOLL HWY AUTH $73,780.76
MILLER MARK A ACTIVITY THERAPIST DEPT OF HUMAN SVCS $73,773.76
AUSTIN GWENDOLYN HUMAN SVCS CASEWORKER DEPT OF HUMAN SVCS $73,743.78
CANALES LILIA E CHILD WELFARE SPECIAL CHILDREN & FAMILY SVCS $73,722.83
MATTHES ALLAN R EMPL SECUR SERVICE REP DEPT OF EMPLOY SECUR $73,207.93
PONITZ GLENN J EQUIP OPERATOR LABORER STATE TOLL HWY AUTH $73,154.65
YANTIS TIMOTHY RYAN SR PUBLIC SERVICE ADMIN DEPT OF CENTRAL MGMT SVCS $73,150.00
LASKOWSKI JOHN I SITE ASSISTANT SUPT I NATURAL RESOURCES $73,067.31
DANNER LAURA L EDITOR PUBLICATIONS IL STUDENT ASSIST COM $72,843.00
BECK JULIE ACTIVITY THERAPIST DEPT OF HUMAN SVCS $72,781.80
RAFFAELE CHARLES W HWY MAINTAINER DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION $72,780.86
IWANICKI STACY NATURAL RESOURCES COORD NATURAL RESOURCES $72,730.52
CIFONIE NICK HWY MAINTAINER DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION $72,429.77
RIEDL DONNA LEE DAY CARE LIC REP II CHILDREN & FAMILY SVCS $72,418.98
CURTIS PAMELA A EMPL SECUR SERVICE REP DEPT OF EMPLOY SECUR $72,378.50
HOGAN DIANA L PUBLIC SERVICE ADMIN DEPT OF HUMAN SVCS $72,355.18
MCCOMB ROGER E E S TAX AUDITOR II DEPT OF EMPLOY SECUR $72,305.37
HOOGHKIRK MARNIE LEE TECH MGR IV DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION $72,274.82
LEE DENNIS C TELECOMUNICATOR SPECIAL DEPT OF STATE POLICE $72,185.57
HARRIS JOSEPH J VEHICLE COMPL INSPECT DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION $72,082.18
ZIERER DAVID W EQUIP OPERATOR LABORER STATE TOLL HWY AUTH $71,957.38
GIARDINA PAUL T ACTIVITY THERAPIST DEPT OF HUMAN SVCS $71,883.27

Donna Kurtz Campaign Finance

Donna Kurtz

Donna Kurtz

Crystal Laker Donna Kurtz was up for her third election to the County Board in six years.

She and Jim Heisler were unopposed so it is no surprise that campaign finances reported to the Illinois State Board of Elections was slim.

On July 1st, she had $7,603.78 in her campaign bank account.

During the subsequent three months, she had a transfer from another political committee of $41.83 and a contribution in-kind worth $58.

$665.96 was spent on stuff that cost less than $150 per transaction.

She spent the election season helping the Republican Party and other candidates.

Her entire campaign for County Board seemed to consist of yard signs at Election Day polling places.

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The not quite final results in District 2.

Nevertheless, Kurtz ran ahead of her running mate Jim Heisler. He reported spending nothing and posted no signs on Election Day.

Biography of Calvin L Skinner – Part 1 – Second Son, School Years

About five years ago I posted ten articles about my father, Cal Skinner, Sr.

It’s time to let new readers learn a bit about my father.

The story got out of hand, so I’ll cut it up and run some each day until I reach the end.

Calvin LeRoy Skinner was born in Wilmington, Delaware June 8, 1916, the second son of Addie Watling and Roy Skinner.

His mother was running a corner store. She already had son George when she became pregnant with Dad.

I was interviewing her in her 95th year and she suddenly asked,

“Are you in favor of abortion?”

“I don’t know, Grandmom,” I replied, not knowing where she was going.

“Well, you better not, because you wouldn’t be here if I had followed my girlfriends’ advice.”

Her girl friends suggested if she had a second child she would have to close the store.

The family also lived in Chester, Pennsylvania, and on various rental farms in Maryland, two I know of were in Queen Anne’s County.

Dad’s father was a handyman-builder and farmer. He built their home in Chester. He built a church near Crumpton.  At one point his mother worked in a fireworks factory in Chestertown, Maryland, that blew up. She led survivors to safety, crawling under a wire fence.

The family lived on rental farms, one of which was next to his future wife Eleanor Stevens near Barclay, Maryland.

Another was on a road where he and his father saw a black man lynched. They were walking home as the mob was stringing the poor man up. (I wrote Maryland officials interested in lynching, but none are listed in Queen Anne’s County after 1891. I figure this probably occurred in the 1920’s, but Maryland statistics show no lynchings in that decade, even though the PBS series on the Roosevelts said lynchings continued into Franklin’s administration, although Maryland was not mentioned.)

The last farm was near Route 50 east of Crumpton and Dad farmed it during World War II when his father became unable to do so.

As a high schooler, Dad excelled in agriculture, becoming President of the Maryland 4-H All-Stars. (He must have had a politically astute Ag teacher to win the convention held in Fredericksburg, Maryland.)

4-H leaders from around the country camped around the Washington Monument at some point.

As a kid he broke his arm falling out of a tree. His father set it. The result was a slightly bent arm the rest of his life, left, I think.

After graduating from Sudlersville High School, the same year as his future wife Eleanor, in the summer before attending the University of Maryland, he may have received the first student loan.

The local banker asked him,

“Calvin, how are you going to pay for college?”

Dad told him he was going to work his way through.

“Here’s a check book. If you ever need money, write a check.”

Dad got his first car, a Model T with a rumble seat, I believe, when he walked by a man on a road who couldn’t get his vehicle restarted.

“You want it?” he asked.

My father answered in the affirmative.

“It’s yours,” the owner said and walked away.

Tomorrow, Cal Skinner, Sr.’s story continues with Part 2

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Tyron Joins Diabetes Assoc. Community Leadership Board

A press release from State Rep. Mike Tryon:

Rep. Mike Tryon Named to the Community Leadership Board for the American Diabetes Association’s Illinois Area

CHICAGO…..State Representative Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) has been named to the Community Leadership Board (CLB) for the Illinois area of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for a three-year term.

Tryon, who leads the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus in Springfield, will provide leadership and direction to the CLB to support annual American Diabetes Association goals and objectives in achieving the strategic plan and annual organizational objectives.

Signature events and programs include the American Diabetes Association Camp, Expo, Stop Diabetes at Work, Family Link and culturally relevant diabetes education and awareness initiatives, and fundraising for research and advocacy efforts through Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes, Tour de Cure, Father of the Year, and corporate and foundation relationships.

Mike Tryon

Mike Tryon

“I have a family history of Type II Diabetes, and was diagnosed with Type II at the age of 51,” said Tryon.

“I have been very involved with diabetes prevention and awareness initiatives through the bipartisan and bicameral Legislative Diabetes Caucus, and am looking forward to expanding my advocacy through my new board position with the American Diabetes Association.”

Jeanette Flom, Executive Director of the Illinois area for the American Diabetes Association, said Tryon will be a welcomed advocate on the board. “We are delighted to have Representative Tryon join our Community Leadership Board at the ADA,” she said. “His leadership and connections in Illinois will help us broaden our reach and further the movement to stop diabetes for the nearly one million people living with diabetes in our area.”

Founded in 1940, the ADA’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes, delivers services to hundreds of communities, provides objective and credible information and gives a voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.