The August fund raiser for McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi was the biggest I’ve seen in a long time.
The Boulder Hill Country Club was packed.
And, this for a man not up for re-election for three more years.
Two judges were there whom I recognized, Michael Caldwell and Michael Feetterer.
Feetterer is serving as an appointed Circuit Court Judge and will be on the ballot in the Republican Primary Election next spring seeking a six-year term.
The effervescent County Coroner Dr. Anne Majewski, elected last year virtually by consensus without needing to reach the $3,000 threshold (now $5,000 for newly formed committees) that would require campaign fund raising and expense reporting was accompanied by her mother, former McHenry County Board member Lou Anne Majewski.
There were two visiting State’s Attorneys, Michelle Courier of Boone County and Michael Neirheim of Lake County.
Courier headed the Criminal Division in McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office before winning election as Boone County’s State’s Attorney.
I had a chance to introduce Chuck Ruth, who has been a leading supporter of the Challenger Learning Center in Woodstock to Fox River Grove Republican Precinct Committeeman Andrew Gasser, who runs a group called Tea Party in Space.
I didn’t get a picture of Ruth and Gasser conversing, but I did catch Gasser talking to State Representative Mike Tryon.
Two countywide candidates were pressing the flesh.
One, Harvard’s Glenda Miller, is running to replace her boss Bill LeFew as McHenry County Treasurer.
The other was Cary resident Bill Prim, Bianchi endorsed him for Sheriff in his speech to his supporters.
There were some County Board members in attendance.
Besides Tryon, State Rep. David McSweeney was at Bianchi’s event.
I don’t know a lot of municipal officials, but I did notice Crystal Lake City Councilman Jeff Thorsen talking to Johnsburg Republican Precinct Committeeman and School Board member Steve Rooney.
Undoubtedly I missed a lot of public officials, but I was off to the McHenry County Board meeting where I hoped the Trustees would vote to keep our real estate taxes flat. (And, they did with the three new members, Chris Jenner, Molly Walsh and Tom Wilbeck being joined by the man they elected Board President, Ron Parrish.)