Political Sightings at the Crystal Lake Expo

Sunday the Expo will run from 11-3.

Sunday the Expo will run from 11-3.

With someone who takes as many notes as I, it is essential to attend a Business Expo once in a while.

The quality of the giveaway pens is usually pretty good.

I went looking for politicians again at Crystal Lake’s South High School this afternoon after the rush.

The only candidate I found was a GOP candidate for McHenry County Sheriff named Bill Prim.

He is running against Sheriff Keith Nygren favorite Andy Zinke and Jim Harrison.

Bill Prim greeted voters at the Crystal Lake Business Expo.

Bill Prim greeted voters at the Crystal Lake Business Expo.

He was right near the entrance across from the governmental booth of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi (more about his booth later).

I kept walking and finally found another booth with political implications.  It was the Pro-Life booth.

A rather and his two daughters stopped at the Pro-Life booth.

A father and his two daughters stopped at the Pro-Life booth.  Beth Christian and Nancy Cole manned the booth.

Right at the end of the long hall to the exit, I found State Rep. Barbara Wheeler and State Senator Karen McConnaughay’s Legislative Assistant Jennifer Baustian.

State Rep. Barb Wheeler and State Senator Karen McConnaughay's Legislative Assistant Jennifer Baustian were near the door.

State Rep. Barb Wheeler and State Senator Karen McConnaughay’s Legislative Assistant Jennifer Baustian were near the door.

They were standing at under a sign with State Rep. Mike Tryon’s and State Senator Pam Althoff’s name.

The narrows in front of the legislative booth.  Two men engaged Barb Wheeler in issues of the day.

The hall narrows in front of the legislative booth. Two men engaged Barb Wheeler in issues of the day.

That was it, unless you want to include McHenry County College Board member Dennis Adams, who was promoting his collusion repair business.

Dennis Adams explains his business to a couple attending the Crystal Lake Expo.

Dennis Adams explains his business to a couple attending the Crystal Lake Expo.

But, if you think anything paid for with tax dollars is political, there were booths that fit that criterion.

McHenry County State's Attorney Lou Bianchi had a booth.

McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi had a booth staffed by Lori Slavin.

I mentioned the State’s Attorney’s booth, presumably financed by county tax dollar.

The Crystal Lake Public Library, celebrating its centennial, had a booth staffed with ladies in period dresses.

Bragging rights to having been serving Crystal Lake readers for 100 years goes to the Crystal Lake Library.

Bragging rights to having been serving Crystal Lake readers for 100 years goes to the Crystal Lake Library.

Next in that category was McHenry County College.

The McHenry County College display.

The McHenry County College display.

I have heard those who staffed the MCC booth in years past discussing costs and opportunities with parents and high schoolers.

A big comfy chair that reminded me of a Public Television show my son used to watch sometimes was part of the Crystal Lake Park District’s presence at the Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.

The Crystal Lake Park District has an inflatable chair, a big red one.

The Crystal Lake Park District has an inflatable chair, a big red one.

I ask who got up in the chair and was offered the opportunity…which I declined.

The next governmental entry was the City of Crystal Lake.

Separate parts of the City of Crystal Lake's presence were dedicated to police, fire and administrative functions.

Separate parts of the City of Crystal Lake’s presence were dedicated to police, fire and administrative functions.

I thought I might find some elected officials there, but I didn’t.  I was told that the Council held a budget hearing Saturday morning.

Distracted by the legislative booth, I didn't notice the one next door for the McHenry County Recorder of Deeds until it was time to prepare for leaving at 4.

Distracted by the legislative booth, I didn’t notice the one next door for the McHenry County Recorder of Deeds until it was time to prepare for leaving at 4.

Right next to the legislative entry was one from the McHenry County Recorder of Deeds Office.

Along the way, I noted a couple of other things.

Who says Dads can't have fun at the face painting booth?

Who says Dads can’t have fun at the face painting booth?

Along the way, I saw a guy having fun.

And, I ran into Phyllis Mueller, founder of Home of the Sparrow, now retired from being Presbyterian minister in Marengo.

Phyllis Mueller is now turning her considerable talents to helping the diaper bank.  It provides them to families with babies and to those older who need them.

Phyllis Mueller is now turning her considerable talents to helping the diaper bank. It provides them to families with babies and to those older who need them.

She’s now working with the diaper group.

I also ran into Robin Pendergast, who has joined with other talented photographers to create Shuttergice,com.  A portion of the price of any photo, starting at $12 will go to the charity of the photographer’s choice.  Pendergast’s is Turning Point.

You can see the front page of the web site below:

Shuttergive.com is a new web site from which photographs may be purchased with a share going to charities selected by the photographers.

Shuttergive.com is a new web site from which photographs may be purchased with a share going to charities selected by the photographers.


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