Weekend Political Action at Crystal Lake Expo

Saturday there was no doubt that the political action hot spot in McHenry County was the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Expo.

Rebecca Lee and Len Sasse discuss his being appointed Republican precinct committeeman in Algonquin Township Precinct 38

The Algonquin and Nunda Townships’ Republican activists staffed a booth where the head of the Algonquin Township Central Committee Rebecca Lee and the Nunda Township Chairman Brent Smith recruited people to fill precincts where citizens did not run for the office of precinct committeeman in the February primary election.

Other volunteers handed out fiber tote bags emblazoned with McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren’s name. Still others handed out little American flags, candy and to kids.

Yours truly collected 137 petition signatures for the almost correctly named “Fair Map” reapportionment constitution amendment petition. (The map, if this constitutional amendment gets on the ballot and is passed will be fairer, not “Fair.” Instead of just having House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton draw the lines, it would be done by a bi-partisan commission.)

A woman signs the "Fair Map" constitutional amendment petition at State Rep. Mike Tryon's booth as Tina Hill looks on. In the background is former State Rep. Rosemary Kurtz. In the foreground left is her daughter Donna Kurtz.

Folks got two chances to sign. I got first crack at about the middle of the Expo exhibitors and Tina Hill and Rosemary Kurtz and the League of Women Voters got a second shot right before people left the event.

McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren converses with citizens at the McHenry County Sheriff's Department booth.

Between the two, during the afternoon, Sheriff Nygren was greeting voters and discussing issues at the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department booth.

The Democratic Party candidate for sheriff, Mike Mahon, had a booth near the exit, but the candidate was not there Saturday. He is expected Sunday.

Democratic candidate for sheriff Mike Mahon had a booth right next to the door, but, although fully staffed, the candidate was not present Saturday. He is expected today.


Weekend Political Action at Crystal Lake Expo — 4 Comments

  1. Since it is a booth of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, it would be much more appropriate to have a deputy manning the booth in an election year. Presumably, the sheriff’s department paid the booth fee at the Expo.

    Nygren there with a power suit on smells too much like campaigning to me. He didn’t have his power suit on earlier in the day at the Harvard Expo.

  2. Its a political year. Sheriff Nygren has been experiencing a few “bumps in the road” to his reelection, and, as a political animal, it is only natural for him to be out politicking to reassure himself as the race heats up. The Sheriff’s race is starting to appear to be the only race where a candidate’s toughest opposition comes from his own history and actions. Oh, wait – Gov. Quinn and Melissa Bean also appear to have some similar problems. Democrats or Republicans: one in the same. Vote them out, get some new blood in all these offices for 2 or 4 years, them hold them accountable and vote them out if they let us down. These people are supposed to be public servants, nothing more. I continue to get the feeling all these incumbents are infected by the “entitlement” bug. Vote them OUT!

  3. Having reviewed a few of the other blogs, I am now thinking our Sheriff Nygren is not just experiencing political “bumps in the road”, rather he is experiencing political “road rash”…

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