I noticed my camera’s battery was low when I got it out before the Lake in the Hills parade.
Catching my attention were the two Algonquin Township Senior Buses ferrying people from one end of the parade to the other
Making township government more visible I thought.
(Let me share with you now that Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller, at my request, provide such a bus to take young Chinese political leaders around McHenry County in 2007. See what they saw here.)
There was also a Lake in the Hills bus the same side doing similar duty.
A NISRA bus was also there.
The parade began.
A Lake in the Hills squad car was up front.
Policemen were waving out the window and getting applauded.
The Color Guard came next, followed by a McHenry County Veterans Assistance Commission bus.
The Grand Marshal’s car came next.
When I read the sign, I realized it wasn’t a person.
It was an event–the Run for Lisa King.
Next came Lake in the Hill’s village officials on a pickup truck.
In the cab was Trustee Steve Harlfinger.
I ran over to the other side of the truck and thought I took a picture, back lit by the sun, but usable, I thought.
But the battery apparently gave its all to capture Harlfinger’s image.
After that, of course, came the guts of the parade.
Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, karate schools, dance schools Shriners on motorcycles and (would you believe it?) on motorized ice chests.
There were so many young people participating.
No band though.
Algonquin Library District volunteers handed out books to kids. They seemed delighted to be getting them.
Almost as delighted as those getting candy.
Then came McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller.
I’m a bit shaky on the order, but Algonquin Township has a big van with a big sign on the side saying, “I am Algonquin Township.”
Someone handed me a card for Township Trustee Melissa Sanchez with a cube of carmel candy attached.
I took it home and put it in the candy tub which my sister raids every September.
Carolyn Schofield, one of the four candidates running in the Republican Primary Election to replay State Rep. Mike Tryon walked by with about four women and girls (two men in the car).
She had her yard sign on the side of the convertible.
When I first posted this I thought it said, “Carolyn Schofield, State Representative.”
That made me think she was planning on running as an incumbent candidate. (No criticism implied, although I am not sure this will be a good year for incumbents. I did the same thing when I ran in 1992 for the first term in my second eight year run.)
Schofield has since corrected me.
The sign says, “Carolyn Schofield for State Representative.”
Strange was the the three guys, Paul Serwatka, Allen Skillicorn and Dan Wilbrandt, were not in the parade.
McHenry County Board member Tina Hill, who represents the western portion of Lake in the Hills, was again in the parad.
She is running for the GOP nomination for Recorder of Deeds against Joni Smith, who was not in the parade.
Then I saw a big sweeper, which signaled the end of the parade.
This year the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County were not at the end right before the sweeper.
In McHenry, Lakewood Village Trustee Ken Santowski was pushing a trash barrel.
Neither candidate for Circuit Court Judge was in the parade.
Jim Cowlin was pointed to fill the slot being acated by Gordon Graham. Assistant State’s Attorney Demeti Tsilmigras is running against him.