Good Crowd at Donna Kurtz’ Fund Raiser

McHenry County Board member Donna Kurtz, seeking re-election for the first time after running first in her initial attempt in 2010, held a fund raiser Wednesday at Park Place, the old American Legion Home in Crystal Lake. Some people got … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Candidates Campaign at Nunda Township GOP Picnic

In a Veterans Acres picnic, the Nunda Township Republican Central Committee hosted area residents and politicians Saturday afternoon. I got the privilege of introducing the two newest candidates for McHenry County Sheriff, Jim Harrison and Bill Prim. Although sitting about … Continue reading

McHenry County Republicans Refusing to Appoint Precinct Committeemen in Dave McSweeney’s & Dan Duffy’s District

Listed below are the precincts in the hotly contested 52nd House race. That’s where Independent Dee Beaubien, with Democrat Mike Madigan’s help, is challenging Republican primary election winner David McSweeney. You will note that many precincts are empty. In addition … Continue reading

Message of the Day – Irony

In the what goes around comes around category is the lack of a quorum for the most recent meeting of the Nunda Township Republican Central Committee. McHenry County Republican Central Committee Vice Chairman Mark Daniel is also the Chairman of … Continue reading

Special Meeting Intitiator Sharon Meroni Reflects on Tonya Franklin’s Rejection by McHenry County Republican Party

An email from Sharon Meroni, who organized the effort to get Tonya Franklin on the ballot to oppose Democrat “Chainsaw Jack” Franks. Meroni, a write-in candidate for Republican Precinct Committeeman in Fox River Grove, did something I have seen no … Continue reading

An Email of Thanks to Tell Those who Boycotted the Saturday Special Meeting What Happened

Unlike the email from Mike Tryon sent twice before the Special Meeting to discourage attendance at the gathering called to select the two missing members of the 63rd State Rep. District Representative Committee, this email from GOP Executive Secretary Geri … Continue reading

Tryon Meeting Boycott Strategy Works – “Chainsaw Jack” Franks Gets Third Free Ride from GOP in Four Elections

This fall, the Republican Party’s “showroom” in the 63rd State Representative District will be as empty as the closed Ford dealership in the Vulcan Lakes TIF District on Route 14 in Crystal Lake. The McHenry County Republican Party has thrown … Continue reading

10 Days Before the McHenry County GOP Hands “Chainsaw Jack” Franks an Opponentless Election

Led by Sharon Meroni, a successful write-in candidate for GOP Precinct Committeeman in Fox River Grove, over 25% of the members (both elected and appointed) of the McHenry County Central Committee agreed to call a 9 AM  special meeting on … Continue reading

16 Days for McHenry County Republicans to Put Someone on the Ballot against State Rep. “Chainsaw Jack” Franks

The McHenry County Republican Party bylaws say that there was supposed to be a meeting of the Central Committee last Thursday, the third Thursday of the month. Earlier this week I emailed newly-elected Vice Chairman Mark Daniel and asked him … Continue reading

The McHenry County Committee Who Interviewed Tonya Franklin for State Rep. Vacancy against Jack Franks

I’ve finally figured out who was at the meeting in the Crystal Lake Plaza GOP Headquarters last week. You remember. The one who recommended that Tea Party enthusiast Tonya Franklin should not run this year against Jack Franks, but maybe … Continue reading

Nunda Township Republicans Elect Leaders

Right before the McHenry County Republican Central Committee organization meeting, the Nunda Township Republican Central Committee met to select officers for the coming two years. Mark Daniel was elected Chairman, just before he was elected Vice Chairman of the County … Continue reading

Mike Tryon Re-Elected McHenry Republican Party Chairman, Leslie Schermerhorn Slated for County Superintendent of Schools

County political party committees held organization meetings all over Illinois Wednesday night. At the McHenry County Republican Party Central Committee meeting, State Rep. Mike Tryon was re-elected Chairman. Nunda Township’s Mark Daniel was selected as Vice Chairman. He will replace … Continue reading

McHenry County Business Committee Holds Second Meeting

A new Political Action Committee organized by Nunda Township Republican Central Committee Chairman and Waste Management employee Brent Smith held its second meeting Wednesday night at American Community Bank in McHenry. Registered with the State Board of Elections on November … Continue reading

Donna Kurtz Raises Campaign Funds for County Board Race

For the second Thursday night in a row, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria was the site of a Republican event.  More sales tax revenue for my revenue-starved Village of Lakewood was one of my thoughts. Last week, it was for State Senate … Continue reading

Nunda Township Republican Party Chairman Brent Smith Stepping Down

A press release from Nunda Township Republican Party Chairman Brent Smith: Nunda GOP Chairman Brent Smith Plans to Step Aside at End of Term Prairie Grove, IL, November 17th, 2011- This past Monday, November 14th, at the regular meeting of the … Continue reading

Nunda Township GOP Snags Politicos for Celebrity Cook Fund Raiser

Under Brent Smith’s leadership, the Nunda Township Republican Central Committee has held the first of its monthly meetings. There was even a commemorative cake. Now, Nunda Township Republicans are rolling out a fund raising raffle, the prize for which will … Continue reading