McHenry County Board member Donna Kurtz, seeking re-election for the first time after running first in her initial attempt in 2010, held a fund raiser Wednesday at Park Place, the old American Legion Home in Crystal Lake.
Some people got into the baseball theme.
Early in the event, which started at 5:30, State Rep. and McHenry County Republican Party Chairman stopped by and dropped off a check, Kurtz said while introducing elected officials and candidates in attendance.
McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren and his allies seemed to gather in one main floor room, while Lou Bianchi and his friends were in the other.
Nygren’s choice to succeed himself in 2014, Andy Zinke, was nowhere to be seen, but both opponents Bill Prim and Jim Harrison were meeting and greeting folks.
There was some cross-pollination with Zane and Rose Seipler and Eileen Marhoefer sitting in a corner booth within site of the Nygren table.
Dr. Anne Majewski chatted with McHenry County Sheriff’s candidate Bill Prim before the speeches began.
In introducing the event’s keynote speaker, McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, Kurtz told of Bianchi’s going “with his gut as to what was right to change the way things are done.
“When he did that, down upon him came a brick wall,” she continued, referring to the two indictments by Special Prosecutors that were so weak that Bianchi’s attorney did not even have to put on any evidence before the Judge found him not guilty.
“But he stuck to his dreams,” Kurtz concluded as Bianchi climbed the stairs to a roomful of applause.
Bianchi pointed out that “Donna is our client” as a member of the McHenry County Board, as are all elected officials.
“Our lawyers enjoy working with her,” he continued.
“She does a fine job representing her constituents [and is] one of the hardest working members on the board.”
Bianchi said Kurtz tries to understand all the issues before voting on resolution.
And she “speaks her mind.”
Kurtz was also praised for asking questions that need to be asked.
She was characterized as “an independent thinker.”
Kurtz then took the microphone.
She praised Cardelli for his “courage” in voting against the Algonquin Township officials pay raise.
She praise Jane and Bill Franz for giving of themselves to Crystal Lake for over 40 years.She praised Pat Owens and The Advantage Group, often known by its acronym TAG. They have done substance abuse for twenty-five year Kurtz pointed out.
“Over 1,000 people treated each year…25,000 lives changed for the better,” the County Board member explained.
Speaking of her public service, Kurtz said that you “have to have in our heart goodness and honesty.
“Everything I do has to be about you.
“It can’t be about me.
“Pursue our dreams and they will come true,” she concluded to rousing applause.