The1.8 mile Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade was held on Sunday, July 2nd.
It was about an hour and a half and featured elected officials and candidates near the front.
Featured entries like the Crystal Lake Strikers, the Jesse White Tumblers and South Shore Drill Team were near the back.
On the way to First Church at 10:35, I saw this long line of folks waiting to get in the Crystal Lake Park District’s Main Beach, presumably to get good places to watch tonight’s fireworks.
Across the street and along Dole Avenue, people called “dibs” on prime sites to view the parade.
As I walked to the staging area, I found this baby ready for its first parade.
Before Dole Avenue was closed this motorcycle headed toward Route 14.
On my hunt for politicians, I found this colorful entry among the commercial floats.
Where parade entries were stacked had been significantly changed.
As I walked about Crystal Lake City Hall, I found the City Council float. I was directed to the east side of th garage to find the political entires.
First to be spotted was appointed Judge Robert Wilbrandt, now seeking election to a six-year term.
Behind Wilbrandt’s entry was that of the McHenry County Republican Party.
Proving old dogs can be taught new tricks is the inflated elephant on the back of the GOP truck.
McHenry County Recorder of Deeds Joe Tirio was wearing his “I won’t hire my wife” tee shirt.
Behind the Republican entry was that of McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks.
I was told that Jack was in the parade, but I didn’t see him in the staging area or on the parade route.
He must have been on the west side of Dole Avenue where my view of him was blocked.
Next, I found McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally.
He brought a bagpiper.
I told him that his fellow bagpipers in the Dundee Scotts were on the other side of City Hall behind Walter Alarm’s warehouse.
With four minutes until the 1 AM parade kick-off, a family was hurrying west on Woodstock Street.
City Attorney John Cowlin and his wife stopped in a shady spot on Woodstock Street with a view of the parade start.
I got Parade Marshall Mike Tryon to take off the big hat that last year’s Marshall, Mike Split, had given him.
Banners with the names of sponsors of this year’s parade came right after a police car.
The Color Guard stimulated folks to stand, take off their hats and put their right hands on their hearts.
Floats of local Veterans groups followed. People shouted, “Thank you for your service.”
This World War II Veteran fought in the Pacific part of the war.
The local VFW sign said it all.
Lions carried their huge American Flag.
Former State Rep. Mike Tryon wore the big Uncle Sam hat.
A Crystal Lake Public Works truck carried a sign wishing those on the curbs a “Happy Independence Day.”
Crystal Lake City Council members followed the sign.
Crystal Lake promoted its Three Oaks Recreation Area with a float.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Department had a female driving waving at the crowd.
Immediately behind was a Sergeant from the McHenry County Conservation District Police force on a motorcycle.
Republicans came next.
Missing was registered participant State Rep. Allen Skillicorn, who represents the southern portion of Crystal Lake.
He was in Springfield instead not taking travel and living expenses.
With state legislators gathered at the State Capitol waiting to vote on raising income taxes back to
the 5% level, minus .05%, the truck carrying the GOP’s parade elephant had the following on its grill:
“It’s about the taxes!”
The elephant remain inflated on the truck.
Various Republicans walked along its side and behind it.
The Republican County Board members were passing out goodies to the kids.
McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally had his own entry.
Kenneally was greeting voters.
Next came Jack Franks’ contingent.
His folks were passing out frozen tubes of sugar water.
Franks must have been on the other side of the street because I didn’t catch sight of him, but did find him in one of my photos.
McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller rode in a convertible.
Following her was McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan.
McClellan chose to tell people about her current office, rather than promoting her candidacy for Circuit Court Judge.
McHenry County Libertarians separated McClellan from judicial opponent Robert Wilbrandt.
Besides politicians and elected officials, there were governmental entities.
Some of them and other political entries tomorrow.
‘It’s about the taxes’.
What a joke.
Just yesterday folks were calling Republican Representatives to vote against the tax hike.
If it was ‘about the taxes’ the prelim vote for the tax hike would not have been 90 to 25.
Looks like yet another example of Republican State Representative 63rd District 2016 primary candidate Jeffery Lichte supporting Democrat Jack Franks.
Man in the mustache next to license plate number 5.
License plate number 5 being a premium low number hard to get plate.
“It’s about the taxes”???
I guess their members didn’t get the memo…
Thanks Cal, great pictures
Cal- the two folks riding in the truck keeping the GOP elephant in place we’re representing Senator McConchie.
The only McHenry GOP state Rep or senator to vote in favor of the tax increase was Rep Anderson.
Thanks for the correction.
The two Kurtz signs on the GOP truck remind me that the County GOP needs to “vet” GOP candidates in the primary!
What no Alg Twh vehicle in the parade?
Was there an entry for the McHenry County Democrats or Progressives?
I guess it’s true that they don’t love America.
All progressives joined the sunshine blog float. It was a glorious ride in which we proudly displayed our respect and admiration for the immense contribution our free loader, sunshine blogger makes to journalism in general, and to McHenry county in particular. 2018, over here please…tic, tock, tic, tock…
Thank you Andrew Gasser for not spending money of Alg. Township taxpayers for a stupid friggin’ float in a parade!
Congratulations to Gasser!
Tryon played the Fool as usual
Here are some more Walkers for Franks:
I believe That’s as Un-American as It gets.
He could have paid out of pocket like most Elected officials Do.
You Commies can leave my neighborhood anytime now.
None for the Democratic Party per se.
Give me some time and you’ll see the other political entries.
I have never seen an Algonquin Township Road District truck in the CL parade.
Looks like Jack Franks’ youngest son was campaigning for Jack at the 4th of July parade.
The “5” license plate was previously held by Neal Bidwill, who was a Republican Precinct Committeeman, River Forest village Trustee, and the son of former long time Republican State Senator Arthur Bidwill.
Arthur Bidwill, according to Wikipedia, was in office from 1935 – 1972, including President Pro Tempore of the Senate from January 1955 to January 1965 in the 69th, 70th, 71st, 72nd, & 73rd General Assemblies.
And there’s a picture of Jack Franks in the parade too.
So it is now safe enough for Jack and his son to be together.
There was no indication that Jack’s wife had to stay away from him too.
Why it would be safe enough for a middle aged woman but not safe enough for an adult man has not been addressed.
Not Much on Their Plates
When It Comes To Influence, Owners of Low license Numbers Take a Back Seat to No One
January 17, 1999
by Patrick T Reardon
Page 4 of 5
At the bottom of the page, one can click on page numbers to read the other pages in the story.
“5: Neil M. Bidwill, son of Arthur Bidwill” appears in that aforementioned Chicago Tribune article.
You do realize that “retired legislator” plates are completely different than regular plates, right?
You can have a “5” regular plate AND a “5” retired legislator plate AND a “5” State Senator plate AND a “5” State Rep plate.
I believe retired legislator plates have to have one’s name or initials.
The 8th picture in the article is a white Nissan with a license plate imprinted with “Retired House” and “5”.
According to a comment on another blog, and the linked Daily Herald article, the following types of Illinois plates can have the same number:
– B Truck (8,000 pounds or less)
– F Truck aka Flat Weight Truck (over 8,000 pounds)
– Handicapped Motorcycle
– America Remembers
– State House
– State Senate
– Retired House
– Retired Senate
source 1 :
The Expired Meter
Chicago Issues Parking Tickets to Dead Man
June 2, 2011
What’s Your Problem?
Problem: A Barrage of Parking Tickets for Dead Husband’s Truck, Sold Years Ago
– Pickup mix-up to blame for steep tab attached to vehicle long since sold
May 29, 2011
by Jon Yates
What a joke – The Democrats had an enthusiastic group of over a hundred.
Way to be an unbiased reporter Cal!
The Dems got a huge reception from the parade atendees.
Many said louder than Republicans for sure.
Haven’t gotten to the Democrats yet.