“Out of Towner” Reflects on Election Results

Here is an analysis by a commented calling him/herself “Out of Towner:”

Re: “Democratic Party candidates for Congress won McHenry County.”

Kristina Zahorik

Due to the efforts of [Kristina] Zahorik and McHenry County Committeemen or due to what a Politician can do with phenomenal amounts of political contributions and weak candidates versus strong ones plus throwing in some questionably immoral / illegal activity?

As of Oct. 17, [Randy] Hultgren raised $2,039,078 and [Lauren] Underwood raised $3,957,261; Hultgren spent $1,388,015 while Underwood spent $2,786,072.

Randy Hultgren speaking to a Pro-Life group.

It also appears that the Underwood campaign started in June of 2017, but Hultgren did very little or nothing until

Peter Roskam speaking to Republicans at an unannounced gathering in Lake Zurich in 2017.

September of 2018.

When Hultgren failed to hold Town Halls due to the intimidation of the ‘Resistance’ rabble, his political goose was half-cooked and when he failed to start campaigning until too late, the red popper on his goose popped up.

In addition, the Democrat candidates made a financial investment in getting people to vote early and absentee.

They were aware that the negative ads which come out right before election day would not work in their candidates favor (just look at the results for County Board D-5).

I think [Peter] Roskam lost his Republican base due to his negative comments about the current President.

While Roskam out spent [Sean] Casten (Roskam $6,366,044 raised and $5,680,530 spent; Casten $5,319,273 raised and $4,119,996 spent by Oct 17), just like Hultgren, the Roskam campaign was late getting off the ground and the negative ads came out too late.

A lot of lessons were learned by the Republicans and I would expect the results in 2020 will paint a very different picture especially after the voters find out what a mess they have sent to Springfield (this includes some local Republicans).

McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio’s County Fair fan.

Also of interest is that [Joe] Tirio (Republican) beat his opponent (Democrat) 62,043 to 51,494 while in the Congressional races, the Republican vote total was only 56,646 versus 59,636 for the Democrats.

Tirio started his campaign [for County Clerk] during 2017.

Joe Walsh on the Election

Here is the email that former Congressman and WIND-Talk Show Host Joe Walsh sent to his list:

To all our Walsh Freedom Volunteers and Supporters,

Barb, Helene and I want to thank you for all your efforts this election cycle. So many of you worked your tails off for months on end and for candidates near and far.

Unfortunately, Tuesday was a bloodbath for Illinois Republicans and Conservatives.

Illinois, especially the collar counties, turned even more blue this election, I am sorry to say.

Mike Madigan, using JB Pritzker’s money, was able to spend millions defeating very good state and local Republican candidates in the suburbs.

I am sorry that our efforts were not more effective.

I do want to thank each and every one of you who worked tirelessly, when you could, however you could, to get good Conservative Republicans elected to the State House and to County Boards.

For a variety of reasons, we did not get the job done, but know that your efforts were valiant as well as noble.

One race that has still not been called is for my bride, Helene Miller Walsh, IL District 51.

Before counting mailed in votes, Helene Walsh is ahead by one vote.

At the end of Tuesday night Helene was up by 1 vote.

YES….one vote!!!

The process is now underway at the Lake County Clerk’s office to

  • collect the mail-in-ballots (MIB’s)
  • verify signatures
  • send out letters to challenged ballots and
  • gather all the valid MIB’s for a final count on 11/21 when the election for that seat and all others in Lake County will be verified.

Others who are greatly affected by this process are Sheriff Mark Curran and County Board member Chuck Bartels.

Helene along with a number of volunteers have been overseeing the process on a daily basis.

I am pleased to report that all seems to be going according to the stated procedures and that Carla Wykoff runs an outstanding Clerk’s office (unlike what we are seeing/hearing about in Broward County, FL).

It is almost criminal that Carla did not win another term.

I fear what will come once the Democrats control Lake County.

This entire MIB process has the potential for massive fraud.

Althoff Called Out by Sun-Times for Sponsoring Bill Favored by Firm that Hired Her as Lobbyist

Here’s a headline no retired legislator would want to see:

Chicago Sun-Times headline about Pam Althoff

The story in the Chicago Sun-Times is about then-Senator Pam Althoff having sponsored a bill supported by Enterprise Rent-a-Car during the spring session.

It lays that off against the retired legislator’s being hired as a lobbyist by the firm.

Comment from One Named “In Favor of All Paper Ballots”

More commentary on McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan’s conduct of the fall election:

Crystal Lake Main Beach House polling place.

Re: “McClellan discovered early Thursday afternoon that the county election website had not updated with early voting numbers.”

Another flat out lie by the “bully”.

The Clerk had a running ‘ticker’ displayed on the County website. I have pictures of what they showed on election day and the day after.

Early vote Clerk ‘ticker’ on 11/06/18 33,044

Absentee vote Clerk ‘ticker’ 11/06/18 7,131

Turnout Election Day on ‘ticker’ 11/07/18 74,827

Here are the numbers when the two files displayed on Clarity’s website are compared.

One file copy from Nov, 7 and one from Nov. 8.

Increase in votes for Congress 23,855
Increase in votes for Governor 23,849
Increase in votes for Attorney General 23,835
Increase in votes for Sec of State 23,862
Increase in votes for Comptroller 23,815
Increase in votes for Treasurer 23,712
Increase in votes for State Senators 23,734
Increase in votes for State Legislators 21,412
Increase in votes for County Auditor 20,506
Increase in votes for County Clerk 23,559
Increase in votes for Sheriff 20,669
Increase in votes for County Treasurer 20,644
Increase in votes for Board Term Limits 23,850
Increase in votes for Chair Term Limits 23,449
Increase in votes for Regional Super. 20,709

Have the ‘bully’ look at the numbers and explain to me how over 33,000 votes can suddenly become less than 24,000!

In addition why did the number of ballots cast change?

If we add the ‘ticker’ numbers together 115,002

Ballots cast reported on 11/07/18 116,703

Ballots cast reported on 11/08/18 117,515

I also have another question.

The Clerk supplied the State with voter registration data in June.

That file indicated we had 224,006 active voters in the County.

On election day the Clerk is reporting 238,290.

Where did the additional 14,204 active voters come from?

Can someone explain to me what checks and balance are in place for ‘machine’ voting?

This is where you carry a blank piece of paper to the ‘machine’ you make your selections and print what you chose.

You carry that piece paper over to the tabulation ‘machine’ and insert it.

What is to stop ‘stuffing’ the ballot box?

That blank piece of paper with your choices printed does not have the Judge’s initials on it like normal ballots do.

Where any poll watchers present when the ballots were counted?

Mumps at Huntley High

A press release from the McHenry County Health Department:

Additional cases of mumps associated with Huntley High School Student

Laboratory confirmed cases reported to Health Department

WOODSTOCK IL – The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) reports three cases of mumps that have been identified with a connection to Huntley High School with the first case confirmed positive in October.

Huntley High School

The Health Department is working with Huntley High School officials to notify parents of all students.

Mumps is a contagious viral disease that spreads through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat when infected people cough or sneeze.

Sharing food or utensils and contact with surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus also spreads the disease.

Symptoms usually appear 14-18 days after exposure, but can occur up to 25 days. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite followed by swelling of the salivary glands, which causes puffy cheeks and a tender, swollen jaw. Approximately one-third of infected people do not exhibit symptoms.

Persons with mumps should stay home until at least 5 days after symptoms appear.

Most people with mumps recover completely in a few weeks.

There is no treatment for mumps.

The most effective way to prevent mumps is by vaccination. Children and adults should be current with their immunizations.

Children should receive the first dose of mumps-containing vaccine, MMR, at 12 to 15 months, and the second dose at 4 to 6 years.

All adults without evidence of immunity born during or after 1957 should have one (1) dose of MMR.

Adults at higher risk, such as university students, healthcare personnel, international travelers, and persons with potential mumps outbreak exposure should have documentation of two (2) doses of mumps vaccine or other proof of immunity to mumps.

Persons born before 1957 are thought to be immune, since they were likely infected naturally.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in recent years, outbreaks have occurred in schools, colleges, and camps. Between January 1 to October 6, 2018, 1,885 cases of mumps were reported to the CDC. For more information, log onto http://www.dph.illinois.gov/search/site/mumps or http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/ or call the Health Department at 815-334-4500.

McHenry County Democratic Party Chair Heads Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association

A press release from the Illinois County Chairs’ Association:

President Doug House Resigns; Democratic party Chairs Unanimous in Electing Kristina Zahorik as new leader

McHenry County Chair is first female to serve a President of the statewide Democratic association

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Illinois Democratic County Chairs gathered in Springfield on Saturday to not only celebrate the 2018 Blue Wave gains, but also select a new President after Rock Island County Democratic Chair Doug announced his resignation on Wednesday.

“For nearly four years, the IDCCA has trusted me with leading the effort to grow our association’s relevance and impact within the Democratic party, said House.

“I’m proud of the work we’ve done together.

“However, I’ve determined that the level of success we experienced on Election Day gives the IDCCA the opportunity to reinforce what works and recalibrate the focus on party building in new ways.”

In a letter distributed to association members, House explained his passion to build Democratic party strength remains strong, but he has sacrificed his family obligations throughout the process.

“This time away from regular work and family, to which I owe a great deal of repayment for their patience and support, cannot be made up – nor can I extend it,” House said.

Mid-day on Saturday, November 10, Democratic County Chairs gathered to select House’s replacement.

Kristina Zahorik

At the urging of the outgoing President, the association chose McHenry County Democratic Chair Kristina Zahorik.

Zahorik becomes the first female to lead the longstanding Democratic Party group.

“It is an honor to be entrusted with the task of leading continued growth at the IDCCA,” said Zahorik.

“I’m determined to make sure we continue to be an important part of the anatomy of the Democratic Party in Illinois.

“In places where we’ve grown muscle, such as suburban areas, we’ll need constant exercise.

“In regions where we still have electoral aches and pains, we’ll look for new and innovative therapies.

“I’m prepared to do this with an eye toward party unity and partnership.”

In addition to serving as the Democratic Party of McHenry County Chair, Zahorik is also an elected party official, serving as State Central Committeewoman for Illinois’ 14th Congressional District, where Democrat Lauren Underwood was successfully propelled to Congress, eroding the longstanding Republican stronghold.

As a former policy advisor with U.S. Senator Paul Simon, Zahorik has strong familiarity with every region of Illinois.

In the coming weeks, Zahorik plans on highlighting projects that the IDCCA aims to undertake in an effort to maintain and grow Democratic Party strength.

About the IDCCA

The Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association (IDCCA) is a statewide, grassroots Democratic Party organization comprised of the elected Democratic County Chairs in all 102 counties in Illinois. The mission of the IDCCA is to help elect Democrats in every county and region of Illinois while continuing to grow the Democratic Party throughout the state. Rock Island County Chair Doug House is the President of the IDCCA.

Veterans Day

Retiring State Rep. Steve Andersson offers the following commentary on Veterans Day:

The Washington Monument with American Flag waving.

November 11th is the official day to celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

It has been a federal holiday since 1926, however because November 11th falls on the weekend, the holiday is being observed on November 12th this year.

Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive.

But there’s more.

Most people don’t know that the entire month of November is also designated as National Veterans and Military Families month.

Military families, too, have a special duty to kin and country.

The wives and husbands and children of our military take care of the home front while their service person is often deployed.

From settling children in new schools to helping their service member’s parents navigate care when their loved one is far from home – military families do what needs to be done and never stop giving.

We need to continue to give thanks, recognition and support to our veterans and military families year round – but especially on Veterans Day and during National Veterans and Military Families Month.

Here are some ways that you can thank a Veteran on Veterans Day (and every day!)

  • Fly an American flag outside your home.
  • Participate in a Veterans Day parade.
  • Personally thank a Veteran for their service!
  • Attend an official Veterans Day ceremony.
  • Send a care package to a military service member at home or overseas.

I am very proud to recognize all the veterans and their families and their commitment to the Armed Forces, both in Legislative District 65, as well as throughout the entire State of Illinois.

I want to extend my heartfelt “thank you” and my sincere appreciation for your service to our country!

Illinois Leaks Looks at Andrew Gasser’s Case Against the Algonquin Township Board

Reprinted with permission from Illinois Leaks:

Algonquin Township Road District seeks Preliminary Injuction, Mandamus, Declaratory Judgment and other Relief against Algonquin Township

McHenry Co. (ECWd) –

Summary of the Case: “Defendants illegally reduced the Algonquin Township Road District budget for fiscal year 2018 – 2019 by one-hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), thereby preventing Plaintiff Andrew Gasser, the Highway Commissioner, from performing his statutory duties and meeting the contractual obligations of the Road District as it relates to ongoing, pending litigation commenced by third parties. Plaintiffs seek to overturn the Defendants’ illegal action.

Moreover, on June 13, 2017, the Defendants assumed the power to command duties and actions over the Algonquin Township Road District (the “Road District”).”

Algonquin Township Board

As we have pointed out in a past article, we believe the Township overstepped their authority and we believe the courts will order the Township to correct their improper actions.

We are pleased to see the very court cases we cited in this article were also used in support of the complaint, because it validates the misconception that you have to be an attorney to understand case law.

We believe the direction given by James Kelly, the Township attorney, was wrong and appears to have been done as a mechanism to ensure more billable hours.

We encourage everyone to read the case law cited in the complaint to grasp how wrong the Township was in their actions.

We once again urge the township to terminate their attorney.

The next status hearing is set for November 29th, 2018 with Judge Myer.

This was a result of three motions of reassignment that removed Judge Chmiel, Sullivan, and Costello from the case.

You can download a copy of the Complaint at this link or view below.

Poets Apparently Uninspired

No one was inspired to write a poem this past week.

There is certainly enough material, especially the way that Jack Franks assumed the role of spokesman for McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan in the Chicago Tribune.

Here’s the press release that Franks and McClellan posted at 1:30 Thursday afternoon, about eleven and half hours after this article appeared on McHenry County Blog:

Statement from County Board Chairman and County Clerk on Election Results

Post Date:11/08/2018 1:30 PM

State Rep. Jack Franks and McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan. at McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade in 2015.

WOODSTOCK, Ill. – The following is a joint statement from McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks and County Clerk Mary McClellan regarding the results of the Nov. 6 midterm election:

On Wednesday evening, County Clerk Mary McClellan noticed an anomaly in the county’s posted voting results in which a number of countywide races had a significant undervote.

McClellan and County Board Chairman Jack Franks were in consultation through Wednesday night into Thursday morning to determine the problem.

McClellan discovered early Thursday afternoon that the county election website had not updated with early voting numbers.

The situation has since been rectified.

The outcome of two races as of right now have changed. Lauren Underwood, the Democratic candidate for the 14th Congressional District who defeated Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren, carried McHenry County.

Also, as of now, Democratic McHenry County Board District 5 candidate Carlos Acosta has pulled ahead of Republican incumbent Michael Rein.

McClellan advises that vote results are still unofficial, and that there are 2,000 ballots still outstanding with two weeks until the deadline for her office to accept vote-by-mail ballots.

Questions should be referred to McClellan’s office at 815-334-4242.

Looking at County Board Vote Jumps after “Lost” Vote Found

Here is a comment from “KnownExtremist:”

There appears to be a clear anomaly in the ACOSTA vote gain after the addition of the early and mail in votes when compared to other candidates in both his own District 5 and Districts 1 and 2, which are the only other districts in which the vote totals were reported by the NWH when they reached 100% counted.

Here are the number of the GAIN in votes for each candidate.

The District 5 totals were taken off of this website when 97% were reported as in, which is sufficiently close to 100% that it should be representative.

DISTRICT 1: VIJUK 1831 gain, NOWAK, 1916 gain; SPOERL, 1486 gain.

DISTRICT 2: NESS, 3317 gain; SCHOFIELD, 3115 gain; HOWELL 2120 gain

DISTRICT 5: ACOSTA, 4045 gain; WEDIG, 2843 gain; JUNG, 2835 gain, REIN, 2725 gain.

So, for some reason, ACOSTA outperformed all other candidates by a considerable margin, in both the Republican and Democratic parties when mail in and early votes were added.

What does this mean?

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Anyone want to do the research on District 3?

Cell Phone Location App Leads Police to Fort Lauderdale Car Content Thieves

A press release from the Huntley Police Department:

Vehicle Burglary Suspects Apprehended

On Thursday, November 8, 2018 at approximately 8:22 am, the Huntley Police Department received a report of a burglary to a motor vehicle at a child care facility on the 12500 block of Princeton Drive.

The victim reported contents of the vehicle missing, one being a cellular telephone, and the suspect vehicle was described as a white pick-up truck with tinted windows.

The victim was able to obtain a location of the missing cellular phone via an app on the device.

The telephone was then located approximately ½ mile north of the theft location, along Illinois Route 47.

A second Officer proceeded to another child care facility located in the 11400 block of Rainsford Drive and observed a vehicle matching the description that exited from the facility, at a high rate of speed northbound on Illinois Route 47.

The information was passed along to surrounding police agencies and the suspect vehicle was observed in the Village of Lakewood and then later driving at a high rate of speed, south on Illinois Route 47.

The vehicle was driving in an aggressive manner and struck several vehicles on Illinois Route 47.

Huntley Police sent this photo of the car content thieves’ pickup truck.

In the area of Illinois Route 47 and Regency Square Parkway, the vehicle came to a stop, due to flat tires and the occupants fled on foot, east from the vehicle.

Two suspects were apprehended, with the assistance of an off-duty police officer, in a construction site located at 12380 Illinois Route 47.

Charged in the incident were the following:

Victory Ogiste

Victor A. Ogiste, age 22, of Fort Lauderdale, FL

• 720 ILCS 5/19-1-A – Burglary (Class 2 Felony)
• 720 ILCS 5/21-2-A – Criminal Trespass to vehicle (Class A Misdemeanor)
• 720 ILCS 5/16-1-A-1 – Theft (Class A Misdemeanor)

Calvin Rogers

Calvin M. Rogers, age 23, of Fort Lauderdale, FL

• 720 ILCS 5/19-1-A – Burglary (Class 2 Felony)
• 720 ILCS 5/21-2-A – Criminal Trespass to vehicle (Class A Misdemeanor)
• 720 ILCS 5/16-1-A-1 – Theft (Class A Misdemeanor)
• 625 ILCS 5/11-503(a)(1) – Reckless driving (Class A Misdemeanor) {2 counts}
• 625 ILCS 5/11-709(A) – Improper lane use {2 counts}
• 625 ILCS 5/11-402 – Leaving the scene of a property damage accident {2 counts}

Both subjects were transported to the Kane County jail to await a bond hearing

Observations on Woodstock Girls’ Reaction to Magazine

From Woodstock’s Richard Rostron

Is it time for racial, ethnic and gender redistribution?

Two young women of high school age were critiquing a local magazine published for women, and their approach was brutal.

It devolved to going page-by-page sarcastically counting the number of ‘people of color’:

“Oh, here’s one.”

Obviously, they felt that the underrepresentation of minorities in the magazine was indicative of terrible bigotry.

At one point, the one young woman did candidly acknowledge that the racial/ethnic content of the
magazine probably reflected the local demographics.

As the publication in question is paid advertising, front to back, this is certainly true.

McHenry County is 75% Caucasian, 15% Hispanic and approximately 1% each of Asians, Multiracial and Blacks. Native Americans make up 0.2% of our local population.

The second largest minority group (7.2%) is ethnically and racially “Unknown” (figures from Data USA).

It’s not a crime that the county is mostly white unless, of course, we twist ourselves around to look at it from the perspective of radical Leftist contortionists.

However, it is sad to watch two young women bashing a publication where they would presumably age into the target market, and waste their time counting how many ‘people of color’ are found within its pages.

This begs the question, should our media, of all kinds, demonstrate racial and ethnic equity even where none exists in the population that consumes the media.

Or, should we seek to create racial and ethnic parity in McHenry County. But then, what about other factors: religious, cultural, educational, political?

Does it make sense to do this redistribution solely on a local level; wouldn’t we have a responsibility to do so globally as well?

And what about gender equity?

In America, women make up approximately 50.8% of the population.

But, globally, they’ve slipped from 49.985% in 1960 to 49.556% in 2017 (according to The World Bank).

Well, we could look for volunteers for gender redefinition and, if there aren’t enough of them, we could draft some others.

Of course, that’s a dangerous place to go, too, considering that Google recognizes more than 60 genders.

It all gets rather complicated.

What isn’t complicated is the realization that the world doesn’t fit into a nice, neat package defined by counting the number of ‘people of color’ in a magazine.

So, why do young girls in Woodstock spend their time doing just that?

Could it have something to do with the Democrats who rallied in The Square outside a short time later?

13-Year Old at Harvard Jr. High Student Arrested for Written School Threat

From the Harvard Police Department:


On 11-08-18 at 0921 hrs, Harvard Police responded to the Harvard Jr High School, 1301 N Garfield St regarding the report of a hand written threat discovered in the boys bathroom.

Harvard Jr. High Schoo.

With the cooperation of Harvard Community Unit School District #50 personnel an investigation was conducted.

As a result of the investigation a Harvard Youth (m-13 yoa) was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of Disorderly Conduct.

The Harvard Youth was petitioned to McHenry County Court Services and released to his parents.

Skillicorn Calls for Audit for McHenry County Elections

A public official with no personal stake in the outcome has called for an audit of the vote counting by McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan.

State Rep. Allen Skillicorn, who was unopposed  in Tuesday’s election, issued the following press release:


Allen Skillicorn

East Dundee, IL – Representative Skillicorn is calling on the Illinois State Board of Elections to audit all of the mid-term races in McHenry County in light of the outcome changing for two of those races–the 14th Congressional and McHenry County Board District 5–as reported by the Northwest Herald.

Skillicorn stated,

“The outcome of all races in McHenry County should be immediately audited as an extra measure to assure the voters that there is no doubt regarding the integrity of this election.”

Revised State Senate Results Shows Democrat Nancy Zettler Carried McHenry County

Here are the results for the three State Senate races after Mary McClellan figured out she had not added the early and absentee ballots on Election Night:

Revised State Senate results in McHenry County after McHenry County Clerk figured out how she screwed up on
Election Night.

McClellan’s Revised Election Totals Show Underwood Winning McHenry County 50.1% to 49.9%

After supposedly fixing her election night screw-up McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan posts 14th congressional district results showing Democrat Lauren Underwood outpolled Republican Randy Hultgren by two-tenths of one percent.

Vote totals revised because McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan forgot to add in early and absentee ballots on Election Night show Sean Casten still winning the County, but now Lauren Underwood is also, if just barely.