From Donna Kurtz:
Donna Kurtz Seeks the Republican Nomination for the McHenry County Treasurer
Donna Kurtz (R-Crystal Lake) formally announces she will seek the Republican nomination for McHenry County Treasurer.
The Primary Election will be held on June 28, 2022; with the General Election on November 8, 2022.
Kurtz stated, “It was an honor to serve the people of this County for 8 years as a County Board Member through November 2018 and as a McHenry County College Trustee from 2005 to 2010.”
Kurtz is proud of her record of conservative fiscal responsibility, transparency, and honesty in McHenry County Government.
She believes that her commitment to these values, and over three decades of professional experience provides the essential skills and background required to serve the people of McHenry County as their Treasurer.
Her professional experience includes serving as a licensed financial advisor – managing millions in investments, and in corporate management and leadership – managing multi-million-dollar budgets with large teams and staff.
Kurtz currently works in the private sector as a consultant in the banking industry.
Kurtz is honored to have received the endorsement of the current McHenry County Treasurer, Glenda L. Miller, who has announced her retirement.
“Glenda Miller has spent decades working to build an extraordinarily talented and competent team in the McHenry County Treasurer’s Office.
“My goal is to maintain the integrity of this office and to support the practices and methodologies established by Glenda. This approach will ensure the financial resources of McHenry County are protected and the services provided by the Treasurer’s Office maintain their current standards of excellence”.
Kurtz received her BA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL and her MBA from the University of Illinois in Springfield, IL. She holds numerous professional certifications in project management and systems/software development management.
Donna Kurtz grew up in Crystal Lake, IL and is a 1977 graduate of Crystal Lake Central High School where her sisters, Jennifer and Tammy also graduated. She is the daughter of the late James C. Kurtz, and former Illinois State Representative Rosemary Kurtz. Donna and her husband, Paul Minkus, and step-daughter, Tavi Minkus, reside in Crystal Lake.
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Here is the article run when Kurtz announced for County Board:
Donna Kurtz Runs for McHenry County Board
Upsetting the District 2 Republican apple-cart is McHenry County College Board member Donna Kurtz’ announcement that she is seeking one of two party nominations for the county board.
She is contesting the re-nomination of McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler and member Lynn Orphal.
So far, no Democrats have surfaced to provide a fall contest.
An opponent to having slot machines in bars and restaurants, the Kurtz candidacy could provide impetus for at least one District 2 county board member, Orphal, to vote to ban the machines in order to neutralize the issue or to at least support allowing citizens to offer input in a February advisory referendum.
The county board’s License and Liquor Committee is holding a public hearing next Wednesday, October 7th, starting at 6 PM to take input from the public. Kurtz told McHenry County Blog she intends to attend.
The last time Kurtz provided public testimony at a governmental body was when the Crystal Lake City Council was considering whether or not to allow a baseball stadium at McHenry County College. She and trustee Scott Summers testified against the plan.
For that action, their MCC Board colleagues censured them. Read the linked article and you will see that Kurtz and Summers achieved near folk hero status.
Although Metra board members argued that a Ridgefield train stop was needed near McHenry County College, the board selected the least convenient location possible. While no one has suggested Koehler did anything wrong in agreeing to sell the land to Metra, it certainly could become an issue, considering Kurtz is on the MCC board and not happy with the location. And, especially since no one from Metra consulted with community college personnel prior to the inconvenient-to-students site’s selection.
Issues on Kurtz’ handout include
- Make honesty & integrity the #1 priority in gov’t.
- Fight corruption, self-interest, and “roads to nowhere,” i.e., Alden Road.
- Work for real road and transportation solutions.
- Demand fiscal responsibility.
- Champion a McHenry County that remains beautify, productive, and economically vibrant.