McHenry County Board approval with 11-9 vote
Kane County Board approval with 18-4 vote
Aspiring precinct committeeperson candidates in both McHenry and Kane counties need to read this
UPDATE 1/15/22 9:45AM CST: Both Kane and McHenry counties respective Boards approved their respective new precinct boundaries and renumbering in meetings on Friday.
The Kane County Board, after nearly two hours of discussion and debate, approved on an 18-4 vote, with Republicans Ken Shepro (St. Charles), Tom Koppie (Rutland Township), Cliff Surges (Gilberts)
The special McHenry County Board meeting tonight at 7PM will likely include newly minted Republican lieutenant governor candidate Carolyn Schofield (Crystal Lake), back in town after her 3-day tour of Illinois with gubernatorial candidate Paul Schimpf (R, Waterloo).
UPDATE 1/12/22 4:30PM CST: With McHenry County Board Vice Chairperson Carolyn Schofield (R, Crystal Lake) continuing her lieutenant governor introductory statewide tour with former state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Paul Schimpf (R, Waterloo) downstate in the Metro-East and in Waterloo today, Schofield will not be in attendance at tonight’s special McHenry County Board meeting to approve the new precinct maps for the 2022 election cycle.
In spite of some changes, the Northwest Herald still reporting dissatisfaction among some with the new maps.
Algonquin Township’s draft map shows the greatest number of changes, with total number of precincts reduced/merged from 68 to 61.
The draft map is below for reference:
The remaining latest update to the draft precinct maps can be viewed here.
The special meeting begins at 7PM CST, and can be viewed online through the McHenry County meeting portal here.
UPDATE 1/11/22: Kane County Special Public Service Committee recommends approval of new precinct map by 6-1 vote. Board Vice Chair Ken Shepro (R, St. Charles) voted against the committee’s recommenation.
Special Board meeting set for Friday at 11AM CST in the Board room in Geneva.
UPDATE 1/10/22: Kane County issues draft precinct maps Monday afternoon.
Countywide, with three townships passing the 10 precinct mark, three new Republican township organizations are created in Blackberry, Rutland and Sugar Grove townships, per the By-Laws of the Kane County Republican Central Committee, Inc.
Those three townships will be removed from the Western Kane County Republican Organization after the primary, bringing the total number of townships in the Western Kane County organization to 6.
The Democrats do not have a 10-precinct threshold.
Village of Algonquin within Dundee Township:
Village precincts now within 6 1/2 precincts, opposed to 6, with the most of Algonquin Lakes subdivision east of the Fox River now an Algonquin-only Precinct 35.
Remainder of Algonquin, Glenloch and Andare at Glenloch subdivision within the newly redrawn Precinct 17, and will be shared with the Silverstone Lakes subdivision of Carpentersville.
West of the Fox River, portion of Willoughby Farms subdivision east of Sleepy Hollow Road and west of the Dixie Briggs Fromm Open Space preserve redrawn from Precinct 30 into Precinct 25. These redrawn Algonquin residents will now vote at the Westfield Professional Development Center, instead of at the Carpentersville Fire Station.
Village of Huntley within Rutland and Hampshire townships:
Within Sun City, two new precincts in Rutland Township (Precincts 12 and 13) and new Precinct 5 in Hampshire Township will include the village of Huntley within Kane County.
Additional precincts brings the total voter population of the village of Huntley in Kane County to include 5 precincts.
UPDATE 1/8/22: Both McHenry and Kane counties boards will be having special meetings January 14, based on schedule above.
Under the law signed by Governor JB Pritzker on November 15, county boards must complete their precinct boundary changes, including the once-every-ten-years to merge precincts, by January 14.
Given the new law expands the size of a legal precinct from 800 to 1200 registered voters, many counties are merging precincts which were well under the 800 registered voter size.
McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio revealed the proposed precinct boundary changes for McHenry County at the December 6 Committee of the Whole meeting and revised the maps last Friday.
The Kane County Board held three special meetings of the Board’s Public Service Committee, overseeing the precinct boundary changes.
With Rutland Township’s growth to 14 precincts, the Republican precinct committeepersons, under the By-laws of the Kane County Republican Central Committee, Inc., will be able to form their own township organization, and break away from the Western Kane County Republican Organization.
Same goes for Blackberry and Sugar Grove township Republicans in southern Kane County.
Kane Republicans require a minimum of 10 precincts for precinct committeepersons to form their own township organization.
At the December 21 McHenry County Board meeting agenda was the resolution assigning new precinct boundaries, including renumbering across McHenry County.
The McHenry County Board increasing the number of precincts in McHenry County from 212 to 217, eliminating some precincts in certain townships, but a net gain of 5 precincts countywide.
For example, Algonquin Township is being reduced from 68 precincts to 61.
Riley and Dunham townships being split from 1 township wide precinct for each township to two precincts in each of those townships.
Here are all 17 townships, and the net changes on today’s agenda:
Precinct Counts by Townships in McHenry County before and after Board Resolution
And all of the precincts are being renumbered.
For example, Algonquin Township Precinct 1 has for decades been Old Town Algonquin. Now, it’s renumbered and downtown Algonquin splits between 3 precincts.
For state central committeepersons elections in precincts within multiple congressional districts, the county clerk will need to split precincts based on Census blocks, which is part of the data in their voting database.
When the primary election is certified in July, the Republican weighted vote will be determined by the number of ballots cast within each precinct and Census block.
The Republican precinct committeeperson will cast the votes for their split precinct, even if they do not live in the congressional district at the County Convention in July.
The 9th Congressional District does not have any split precincts within McHenry County since it’s only Algonquin Township, though the number of precincts has been reduced by 7.
This is the first time in at least 4 decades there will be split precincts for congressional districts in various precincts in the county.
Once the Board approves the new precinct maps for the county, all candidates, from precinct committeeperson on up, will need to obtain the new precinct boundaries once the data is available at the Illinois State Board of Elections for races which cross county lines.
The McHenry County clerk’s office will publish the new maps and lists based on the realignment as they become available.
But before passing petitions next month, especially for precinct committeeperson for the established political parties, make sure the walk lists reflect the new precinct boundaries and numbers.
The maps can be viewed at this link, beginning at page 214 of the County Board agenda packet.
Sincere H/T to commenter “Correcting” for bringing this significant change to voting precincts to Mchenry County Blog‘s attention.
Thank you, Correcting.