State Senator Pam Althoff was one of the candidates who spoke to the airport hanger crowd. At the table to the right sits County Board member and Chairman candidate Mike Walkup and McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller. Standing on the side of the room are Shawn Green, head of the NorWest Republican Organization, State Comptroller Leslie Munger, State Rep. David McSweeney, District 4 County Board candidate Kay Bates, County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller, Munger press guy Rich Carter, a former GOP Committeeman from Cary, former State Rep. candidate Dan Wilbrandt, Associate Judge Robert Wilbrandt
The McHenry County Republican Party held its annual fundraiser at a hanger on the north side of the Lake in the Hills Airport.
County Republican Treasurer and County Board member Chuck Wheeler and his wife checked people into the event. Here you can see County Board member Mike Skala, County Clerk Mary McClellan, District 4 County Board candidate Kay Bates and State Senator Pam Althoff.
It’s a low expense affair with, presumably, the hanger donated and eats and drinks provided by Crystal Lake’s Three Chefs.
Early arrivers were Grafton Township Road Commissioner Tom Pozanski and State Rep. candidate Allen Skillicorn. Poznanski said he was running for re-election.
Previously, the GOP held a summer golf outing at the McHenry County Club and, once, in the early 1990’s two golf outings, the second one being at Turnberry Country Club.
Republican Precinct Committeemen got in for $20. Here are three: McHenry County Board member and County Republican Party Secretary Diane Evertsen, McHenry Grade School Board member Erik Sivertsen and Grafton Township Committeeman Sharon Bills.
The County Republican Party had about $7,500 at the end of June.
Another candidate for Township Road Commissioner, Steve Koerber of McHenry, was squired around for the second year by former McHenry High School Board member Ned Neumann.
There was no list of big givers on the wall of the hanger this year.
Former Congressman Joe Walsh poses with 14th Congressional Republican State Central Committeeman Stan Bond. Walsh spoke briefly, but energetically to the crowd.
But, the party has reported the following large contributions to the Illinois State Board of Elections:
- $10,000 from Vince Foglia
- $1,000 from Alliance Contractors
- $1,000 from Congressman Peter Roskam’s campaign committee
State Senator Dan McConchie spoke to those gathered.
Contributions of $1,000 or more do not have to be reported until deposited in the banks.
In a race that will be watched statewide, Steve Reick is running to take back Jack Franks’ seat.
Since Jack Franks held a $1,000 fundraiser this last week, but has made no reports, he is undoubtedly holding checks so he does not have to share them with the public…unless he only had two people attend.
The sunset competed with the speakers at the GOP event.
Democrats had over $19,000 at the beginning of July.
McHenry County Republican County Chairman Sandra Salgado warmed up the crowd.
So, at this point both parties have about the same amount of money showing.
The most prominent speaker was State Comptroller Leslie Munger.
Mike Walkup presented his case for election.
Also addressing the crowd was Mike Walkup, the Republican Party candidate for McHenry County Board Chairman.
Here Recorder of Deeds candidate Joe Tirio and former District 6 County Board candidate Kelly Liebmann listen to a speaker.
Recorder of Deeds candidate Joe Tirio (of IWontHireMyWife.com fame) also spoke.
There were more notables in attendance. I’ll try to get them later.