Pam Althoff Stikes Back at McHenry Township GOP, Which Did Not Nominate Her Favorites

A press release from State Senator Pam Althoff:

Althoff law ends the weighted voting system in McHenry County

Springfield, IL… Legislation [Senate Bill 666] sponsored by State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry), which ends the weighted voting system used in Township elections, was signed into law by Governor Rauner on August 18.

“It’s vital that every election honors and upholds democracy,” said Althoff.

“Any measure that leaves a gap for individuals to limit voter participation or manipulate the result of election is unjust and unacceptable, and that’s why we need to continue to review passed legislation and codes to ensure the language is up-to-date and concise.”

Althoff pursued Senate Bill 666 in response to an issue in McHenry County that resulted in the township caucus using a weighted voting system, which allowed for a participant’s vote to equal more than one vote—ultimately limiting other participants’ voting power.

“Representing McHenry County and its residents has long been a priority for me,” said Althoff.

“Our voters deserve fair elections and a trustworthy government, and I’ll continue to protect their rights and support good government policies.”

State Senator Pam Althoff and State Rep. Barb Wheeler in the staging area for the Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade.

With the support of the Chief House Sponsor, Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake), the Township Code now specifies that an individual participating in a township or multi-township caucus is entitled to one vote for each office, and the vote will not be weighted to equal more than one vote.

[See article: “Barb Wheeler Barely Passes Bill to Cut Power of Precinct Committeemen in Party Caucuses.”]

Thanks to the new law in effect immediately, all township voters in McHenry County now have equal participation rights in township elections.

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From left to right are Township Trustee candidates

From left to right are Township Trustee candidates Mike Rakestraw and Bill Cunningham, Supervisor candidate Steve Verr, Road Commissioner nominee Steve Koerber, plus Township Trustee candidates Bob Anderson and Stan Wojewksi. Clerk candidate Dan Aylward, who ran unopposed, is not in the photo.


See article about the McHenry Township Republican Party Caucus here.

The high paying posts of Supervisor and Road Commissioner were won by Althoff’s choices, Craig Adams and James Condon, appointed Republican incumbents running as Independents. Democrat Mary Mahady was re-elected Assessor without opposition. Republican candidates nominated in the caucus won all four seats for Township Trustee and Township Clerk.


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Pam Althoff Stikes Back at McHenry Township GOP, Which Did Not Nominate Her Favorites — 3 Comments

  1. Senate Bill 666 (SB 666) in the 100th General Assembly was signed into law as Public Act 100-0219 (PA 100-0219) on August 18, 2017 by Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

  2. Partisan politics is killing this country.

    People say oh I’m from this party just to get elected.

    At township or even county level why not non partisan elections?

    Elections aren’t cheap to have, the election judge legislation reflects that.

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