McSweeney’s Effort to Dampen Contributions to Opponents

State Rep. candidate David McSweeney did something that might seem strange on the surface. He released the results of a 300-person poll to a publication that costs about $300 a year. That’s Rick Miller’s Capitol Fax. Although most people probably … Continue reading

Zinke Campaign Disclosue Due for Do-Over

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog told  readers of the money reported by McHenry County Undersheriff Andy Zinke to the Illinois State Board of Elections. Over $8,000 raised. But, there’s a problem. The Election Code requires that Political Action Committees with that … Continue reading

Barb Wheeler State Rep. Fund Raiser Successful

An impressive crowd turned out for McHenry County Board member Barb Wheeler’s fund raiser for her State Rep. campaign. From those attending, I concluded that she will be the favorite of most of the McHenry County part of the 64th … Continue reading

Tryon Talks Ethics, Focuses on Campaign Contributions, Recall

A press rele3ase from State Rep. Mike Tryon: Rep. Mike Tryon Renews Push for Stringent Ethics Reforms Challenges Gov. Quinn to keep his promise to reform CRYSTAL LAKE…State Representative Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) reaffirmed on Thursday his ongoing commitment to … Continue reading

Comparing Joe Walsh and Randy Hultgren on Campaign Finances

The second quarter of 2011 campaign receipts and expenses have been reported by the congressional folks. Below you can see summaries from the two congressmen who live in the district that comprises most of McHenry County. First you see 8th … Continue reading

End of Session Contributions for McHenry County Legislators

The newly-amended Illinois Campaign Contribution Disclosure law requires contributions of $1,000 or more to be reported relatively quickly. Previously, donations could not be viewed until late July…well after the General Assembly members had gone home. Today, we shall look at … Continue reading

McHenry County Highway Contractor Contributions

The tradition of highway contractors contributing to political campaigns undoubtedly goes back decades, probably to the building of the first roads like the construction of Route 47 north of Huntley that Henry Marlow told me was built with horses. Is … Continue reading

The Jack Franks’ “Get Jack Schaffer” Campaign

Almost to the day, one year after Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano committed suicide by stepping in front of the last morning train from McHenry, Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks decided to send a letter to McHenry County Board … Continue reading

The Grayslake School Board Incumbents’ Campaign (Email) Trail – Part 1

What caught my interest today was an article on the Lake County Tea Party site by Paul Mitchell about Grayslake Unit School District 46. It is based on emails sent to and from the school district’s email server and shows … Continue reading

Franks Has $476,000, $56,000 in New Contributions from Planned Parenthood, Judy Baar Topinka, Dan Cronin, 9 of 99 Identified Contributors from McHenry County

The latest campaign finance reports are in and Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks has $475,713.01 I the bank. That’s as of the end of March, 2011 He has a burn rate of over $12,000 a month. He raised about … Continue reading

Walsh Campaign Debt Noted on DC Insider Publication

“The Hill,” an inside dopester publication out of the nation’s Capital, reports Congressman Joe Wash has $361,000 in debt, including preparations for the re-count that never came. Here’s the text about Walsh: “Freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), who upset Democrat … Continue reading

Franks Raising Money

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog ran a story about State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) having spent almost $208,000 or $8.86 per vote. The “News and Events” page of Franks’ campaign web site highlights a Maggiano’s Little Italy fund raiser in Chicago. … Continue reading

Message of the Day – Irony

In Sunday’s Chicago Sun-Times, columnist David Roeder, “The Curious Investor,” has a couple of paragraphs in his column headed, “Taxing Talk,” which I think worth re-printing: “TAXING TALK: Most companies let the chamber of commerce do the talking when a … Continue reading

Ed Burke Only Identifed Contributor to Sheriff Keith Nygren

McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren ran a $51,822.74 campaign last fall when he overwhelmingly won re-election. But he wasn’t in fund raising mode. Only $600 was contributed to his campaign. The only one that was identified was from the Burnham … Continue reading

Tryon Files Campaign Disclosure, Reports $26,800 on Hand

Reporting campaign finance details before tomorrow’s deadline is McHenry County Republican State Representative Mike Tryon. He had $26,800 at the end of last month. The McHenry County Republican Party Chairman raised $30,700 and spent $26,800. That’s a high “burn rate.” … Continue reading

Another County Board Ethics Idea

The McHenry County Board has the opportunity to plow new ground by enacting the Alliance for Land, Agriculture and Water’s conflict of interest revelation ordinance for elected officials, employees, appointees and consultants. Someone in Kane County has come up with … Continue reading