Eight Years for Baseball Bat and Knife Attack of Ex’s New Boyfriend at Woodstock Gas Station

From the McHenry County State’s Attorney:


Ricardo Carreno

Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announced that Ricardo J. Carreno, Jr., 38, of Woodstock, Illinois, was sentenced on July 21, 2021, to eight years total in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Judge Coppedge after being found guilty at trial for the offenses of Aggravated Battery and Violation Of An Order Of Protection.

These charges stem from an incident that occurred on June 14, 2020 at the Shell gas station located in downtown Woodstock.

The victim pulled into the gas station in order to check the air in his tires.

While he was doing so, the defendant ran up to him and struck him in the head with a baseball bat.

The victim defended himself but in the process was stabbed in the shoulder area by the defendant with a knife.

Also present during this altercation was the ex-wife of the defendant.

The ex-wife had a valid Order of Protection against the defendant which prohibited him from having
contact with her.

Carreno was sentenced to eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and a concurrent sentence of two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on the felony offense of Violation of an Order of Protection.

This case was investigated by members of the Woodstock City Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Schuman and Matthew Brodersen of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Six Years for Young Barrington Man on Drug Charge

From the McHenry County State’s Attorney:


Griffin Nwecomb

Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that 22-year-old Griffin C. Newcomb of Barrington, Illinois, pled guilty on July 16, 2021, to Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, a class 1 Felony, before the Honorable Judge Robert Wilbrandt.

The Crystal Lake Police Department led an investigation into the defendant and found that the defendant was in possession of between 15 and 200 doses of a substance containing LSD on October 17, 2019.

Newcomb was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, with a recommendation for the Impact Incarceration Program.

The investigation was led by Officer Lewandowski of the Crystal Lake Police Department and was prosecuted by Judy Shammo of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Comments on McHenry Chamber of Commerce Fiesta Days Parade Rules

From McHenry Township Republican Party Chairman Erik Sivertsen:

The issue was not the entry fee, although that probably kept a lot of the individual candidates from being there.

Candidates could also become a chamber member for $260 and then the entry fee for the parade would be $50.

The problem was that the rules for the parade would not have allowed the party to have signs for candidates or to promote candidates.

There would have to be a separate entry for every candidate who had signs or walkers wearing their shirts in the republican party entry

Most of the 2013 parade walkers for Congressman Randy Hultgren.

From McHenry County Republican Party Parade Chairman Orville Brettman:

Erik is correct.

The rules place terrible financial burden on individual members of a political party.

I have discussed this with some of the organizers and they have said that there would be discussions to find a solution.

I surely hope so as we Republicans dearly loved participating in the past.

Romney sign on the 2012 GOP float in the Fiesta Days Parade.

From “Wilma Flintstone:”

This is exactly why as a business owner I don’t join “the Chamber” as it doesn’t benefit any businesses, and surely doesn’t bring in business!

I have had this conversation with several business owners in the area, and they also feel the Chamber is a JOKE!

2012 Republicans lining up for Fiesta Days Parade in front of Plum Garden.

To charge $450 to be in a freakin parade, and even $50 if you are a member is RIDICULOS!

Do you think anyone that comes out to see a parade even realizes why there are so few “floats?” that support the community?

Not to mention failing to have anything that truly entertains the kids?

Funnier still, given the kids that attend, do you think they even have a clue of what this political parade (charade) is?

Not to mention NOT ONE marching band this year – so I heard.

I sure have no desire to take my precious time or pay money I won’t waste on this BS to see a bunch of (many corrupt) politicians!

Twelve Years for Fifth DUI

From the McHenry County State’s Attorney:


Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Mathew Berry, 44, of Harvard, Illinois was sentenced to twelve years total in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Honorable Judge Robert Wilbrandt after pleading to two charges of aggravated driving under the influence.

Mathew Berry

On May 10, 2019, Berry was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Harvard, Illinois.

He pled guilty on February 26, 2020 but was released on bond pending sentencing.

On April 24, 2021, Berry caused a traffic accident in Lake in the Hills, Illinois.

Nobody was injured in the accident. Officers located Berry nearby and determined that he was under the influence of alcohol.

Berry was found guilty of, or pled guilty to, driving under the influence on four prior occasions.

Berry was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in both cases.

The sentences must be served consecutively, because the latter offense was committed while Berry was released on bond for the earlier offense.

These cases were investigated by the Harvard Police Department and the Lake in the Hills Police Department.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Miller of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

PRO Act: On Eve of Senate Committee Hearing on PRO Act, Robert Reich Promotes Socialism with PRO Act

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Before getting to the Robert Reich socialism promotion video, commenter “bred winner” cited a recent “Potomac Watch” column published last Friday in The Wall Street Journal by Kimberly Strassel.

Link to the column is in the caption below the tweet screen shot:

The Wall Street Journal “Potomac Watch” column on David Weil can be viewed here

With Thursday morning’s Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act scheduled for 9AM CDT, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who teaches at Cal-Berkeley (figures), promotes socialism, with PRO Act as centerpiece first step to changing the workplace.

The real threat to 1099 workers, particularly freelancers, gig economy workers and just about all independent contractors the ABC test of the PRO Act can cause, is glossed over as “misclassification”.

Video is little over 6 minutes long.

Election Integrity to Take Center Stage in Kane County

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John A. “Jack” Cunningham

After several concerned residents, including U.S. Senate candidate Bobby Piton (R, Geneva) spoke before the full meeting of the Kane County Board last week, the County Board formally assigned the concerns to the Public Service Committee, which oversees the Kane County clerk’s office.

Thursday morning at 9AM CDT, the Public Service Committee’s regular monthly meeting will take place, with an agenda item titled “Election Process”

As follow-up from last week’s Kane County Board meeting after several residents spoke about election integrity in Kane County during the November 2020 elections, tomorrow’s Public Service Committee will begin with a presentation by the clerk’s office titled “Election Process”.

While residents gave impassioned pleas for a full forensic audit, those next steps may take place after the clerk’s office presentation.

Under Illinois law, the time has passed for any formal contesting of the 2020 election, which must be done through the courts within time period after results are canvassed and election certified. The board was clear nothing found in any post-election forensic audit will impact the results of the General Election last year.

Some of the metrics shared last week, like the ones cited in Stephanie Moresco’s 4 1/2 minute speech before the County Board, will likely be discussed:

The residents organized for last week’s County Board meeting, and likely tomorrow’s Public Service Committee, were part of a Kane County based grassroots group called Three Headed Eagle Alliance, which started last August. Three Headed Eagle Alliance, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, non-profit group.

The write-up of the group’s members speaking last week was published in the Chicago Tribune and posted by the Edgar County Watchdogs and can be viewed here without paywall.

The Edgar County Watchdogs, complete with a link to the full, 46-page report presented to the Kane County Board last week with findings to likely be discussed at tomorrow morning’s meeting can be viewed here.

The link to the agenda packet for tomorrow morning’s Kane County Board Public Service Committee meeting can be viewed here.

PRO Act: Left Tries Again with Push Poll Primarily Targeting Kyrsten Sinema

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Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly

In just over a month, the Left who are trying to pass their Left-wing agenda, have gone the push poll path to convince U.S. Senators who are not voting their way to change their mind.

Last month, McHenry County Blog published how Vox and Progressive Data Services published a poll allegedly showing broad national support for the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

Freelancers USA Co-Leader Kim Kavin soundly rejected the Vox/Progressive Data Services poll as the push poll that it was, stating:

“The true objective of this survey is not to gauge public opinion; it’s to sway it using loaded and manipulative language.”

Kim Kavin tweet, 6/16/21


One does not need Kim Kavin’s expertise to see Progressive Data Services tried again, this time with a web-based poll of 574 likely voters from the state of Arizona conducted June 28 – July 6, where two of the three Senate Democrats who have not cosponsored the PRO Act are located.

The bulk of the push poll is aimed at Senator Kyrsten Sinema, the senior Senator from AZ, but the PRO Act question is aimed at Senator Mark Kelly, too. From the tweet from AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, it says the question for PRO Act is simply “Supporting the PRO Act”.

From the cross-tabs, here is the full question on the PRO Act:

“The Protect the Right to Organize Act is legislation designed to strengthen labor laws. This proposal would add
penalties for companies that retaliate against workers who try to form a union, give more workers currently classified as
contractors in the gig economy (like Uber drivers) the right to organize and form unions, give workers more power
during disputes at work, and eliminate right-to-work laws which allow employees to enjoy the benefits of a union
contract without contributing to the costs. Do you support or oppose the Protect the Right to Organize Act?”

The results are hard to read on the screenshot, but the responses to the question above on the PRO Act are:

  • Strongly/somewhat support: 65%
  • Strongly/somewhat oppose: 24%
  • Don’t know: 11%
Kim Kavin

As Kavin said last month referencing a similar question, she suggested it could include the following:

‘Would you support reclassifying ICs as employees under labor law in the PRO Act, knowing that it may cost them their current business relationships and livelihoods?’

Kim Kavin suggested edit to June push poll, 6/16/21


Other questions asked, targeting Senator Sinema included a question about supporting a “talking filibuster”, which had 54% strong/somewhat support. Here’s the full question from the cross-tabs:

“The filibuster is a Senate procedure that allows a single Senator to obstruct voting on a bill unless 60 out of 100
Senators overrule them. Currently, Senators who filibuster legislation and prevent it from coming to a vote do not have to explain why they are doing this. The filibuster is viewed as a way for the minority party to block legislation it disagrees with, and to ensure that one party isn’t able to single-handedly advance potential bills. Some Senators are proposing bringing back the ‘talking filibuster’.

“Under this old rule, Senators blocking a bill had to stand on the Senate floor and explain why they were blocking legislation. Supporters of this change argue it’s a way to create compromise by forcing Senators to actually debate the issues at hand so they can then reach a compromise. Opponents of this change argue it would discourage bipartisan cooperation by making it harder for the minority party to pursue a compromise with the majority party.

“Would you support or oppose bringing back the talking filibuster?”

And the results, given Senator Sinema opposes changing the filibuster:

  • Strongly/somewhat support: 54%
  • Strongly/somewhat oppose: 32%
  • Don’t know: 14%

Then, in a subtle-as-a-sledgehammer warning to Senator Sinema:

“If Senator Kyrsten Sinema continues to preserve the filibuster, which allows Republicans in the Senate to block
legislation proposed by Democrats who currently have a majority in the Senate, which of the following describes how you might vote in the 2024 race for Senate? (N=239)

The results (and not explained why only 239 out of a sample size of 574 responded):

  • I would vote to reelect Kyrsten Sinema: 24%
  • I would vote for a different candidate who would get rid of the filibuster: 60%
  • Don’t know: 16%

One gets the impression most of the other 335 respondents would have wanted to keep Senator Sinema in office, too.

The cross-tabs for the Arizona survey can be viewed here.

While the $15 minimum wage was a straight-forward question that didn’t apply a “push poll” technique, many in the Left are still upset with Senator Sinema with the excessive body language used to signal her no vote back in March to break the filibuster on the $15/hour federal minimum wage:

WY/IL-16: President Trump to Meet with Challengers to Liz Cheney

Liz Cheney

After making his endorsement, Trump clear he expects all other challengers to drop out

Will this be repeated to determine one candidate to challenge Adam Kinzinger in IL-16?

Commenter “Stormy D” cut & pasted the following statement from former President Donald Trump’s Save America PAC site concerning the Wyoming House race for 2022:

Former President Donald Trump hit out at Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., one of his biggest critics among House Republicans, saying he plans to meet next week with some of her challengers in the 2022 election.

”Paying close attention to the Wyoming House Primary against loser RINO Liz Cheney. Some highly respected pollsters tell me she’s toast in Wyoming after siding with Crazy Nancy Pelosi and supporting the Democrat Impeachment Hoax,” Trump said in a statement issued through his political action committee Save America on Tuesday.

He added: ”And that’s just the beginning! This is a ‘hot’ race with some very interesting candidates running against her. Remember though, in the end we just want ONE CANDIDATE running against Cheney. I’ll be meeting with some of her opponents in Bedminster next week and will be making my decision on who to endorse in the next few months. JUST ONE CANDIDATE. Thank you!”

Cut & Pasted by commenter “Stormy D”, 7/20/21


Along with Congresswoman Cheney, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R, IL-16) has been equally one of Trump’s most vocal critics throughout all of 2021. While Cheney lost her leadership position in the House earlier this year, her reelection prospects in 2022 is the ultimate way for her to be removed from any position of power.

Unlike IL-16, Wyoming is an at-large House district, where one runs statewide, so there is no congressional remap to wait for to see how the district will look.

From the desk of John Lopez: With whom will President Trump be meeting with soon? Given how his statement was issued within a week of Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports being posted, it’s pretty clear which Republican challengers will receive an audience with the former President, meaning the candidate is competing for Trump’s endorsement.

Here are the year-to-date FEC numbers for the Wyoming seat through June 30, 2021:

Seeing Cheney with such a large fundraising lead, Trump and his people want to see who’s viable. Recalling the $100K threshold I wrote concerning the IL-16 race, two challengers quickly rise to being viable candidates:

  • State Senator Anthony Bouchard
  • State Representative Charles Gray

My guess, the former President will only be meeting with those two state legislators, given their fundraising. With Cheney raising nearly $1.9 million in the 2nd quarter (put in perspective, Cheney raised over twice what Kinzinger raised in Q2).

Just as in IL-16 with Kinzinger, there is a significant segment of Republican donors who want Cheney to win reelection.

The former President stated twice he wants only “ONE CANDIDATE” meaning once his decision is made, he expects all other Cheney Republican challengers to end their respective candidacies.

Whether the unendorsed candidates will comply with the former President is another matter,

Adam Kinzinger

Will similar interviews take place in IL-16?

Nothing like Wyoming will happen with IL-16 while the congressional remap is in limbo. All versions of the unofficial congressional map for Illinois from Cook Political Report Dave Wasserman floating around have the current IL-16 being eliminated.

The Illinois General Assembly will not be convening until the fall veto session in October, so no congressional remap will be approved prior to the veto session. It is anticipated once the detailed Census data is released, possibly in mid August, the IL General Assembly’s Redistricting committees Democrats will get right to work drafting an “official” congressional map. September at the earliest before a draft map is made public.

Once the remap is complete and approved, Kinzinger will determine what he’ll do in 2022. He’s stated publicly he wants to run for reelection to the House, but U.S. Senate or governor bids are possibilities, too.

Given what Kinzinger will actually be pursuing in 2022 will determine when, or if, Trump will have similar meetings with Kinzinger opponents. Should Kinzinger end up running for U.S. Senate, if a viable Republican ($100K+ raised) emerges after 3rd quarter FEC reports post in mid October, Trump may make an endorsement.

For IL-16, it all begins with the congressional remap, which won’t be known until the fall.

Prairie Grove Flag Tickets Issued at Ganelli’s Restaurant

From the Village of Prairie Grove comes this prompt reply to my Freedom of Information request for documents relating to tickets issued to Ganelli’s restaurant at the intersection of Route 176 and Valley View Road.

The tickets resulted in a demonstration by local conservatives.


Health Department’s Response to Opioid Situation

From the McHenry County Health Department:

MCDH launches Opioid Surveillance and Response monthly reports

McHENRY COUNTY — The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) is announcing the official launch of its Opioid Surveillance and Response monthly reports on its website.

In 2019, the Opioid Surveillance and Response program was developed in response to the increased opioid overdose health burden experienced by McHenry County residents. The surveillance program is used to assist public health professionals, community partners and county residents in identifying significant increases in opioid overdose clusters throughout the county.

Monthly surveillance reports available to the public will provide insights for public health professionals, community partners and concerned county residents.

Early identification of opioid clusters allows MCDH and its partners to intervene early and mitigate negative outcomes.

Overall trends are also monitored to help inform community partners with their mitigation efforts.

“Preventing opioid-related overdoses in McHenry County requires all of us to work together,” said MCDH Epidemiologist Ryan Sachs.

“With this system in place, accurate and timely data is made available to inform public health response and policies, which could be used to prevent opioid overdoses.”

Not all opioid overdoses result in death, but the alarming increase in opioid overdose deaths in recent years can be attributed to the rise of dangerous synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. 

Synthetic opioids are fast-acting and can be hundreds to thousands of times more toxic than heroin. Heroin and other street drugs are often mixed with fentanyl to increase their effects, which can quickly become a lethal combination.

In May and April, county officials and the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition warned the public of fentanyl-laced counterfeit prescriptions in medication.

To learn more about the Opioid Surveillance and Response program and to review monthly reports, please visit https://bit.ly/MCDHBehavioralHealth.

For a list of locations in McHenry County offering naloxone, a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, please visit https://idph.illinois.gov/OpioidDataDashboard/.

Coroner’s Office Has Busy Day

From the McHenry County Cororner:

Motorcyclist Dies after Being Rear-ended by Drunk Driver

McHenry County Coroner, Dr. Michael Rein, announced that his office was contacted on July 15, 2021 to investigate the death of Kenneth Jackson, age 27 of Antioch, involved in a motorcycle accident at Rt. 120 and Chapel Hill Rd.

Mr. Jackson was transported to Northwestern McHenry where he was pronounced deceased.

An autopsy was performed on July 16, 2021. Preliminary findings show blunt force trauma as the cause of death. Toxicology is currently pending.

The Coroner’s Office is continuing to work collaboratively with the Antioch PD during this investigation.

Crystal Lake Man Found Lying on Grass Identifed

McHenry County Coroner, Dr. Michael Rein, announced that his office was contacted on July 18, 2021 regarding a subject lying face down in a grassy area near the intersection of N. Oak St. and Shipland Dr. in Crystal Lake.

Local police and EMS responded pronouncing the subject deceased at the scene.

The subject was not identified right away because of no ID or cell phone on the decedent.

After further investigation it was determined that the person has been identified as Jeremy Ochal, age 34 of Crystal Lake.

An autopsy was performed today, July 19, 2021.

Toxicology is currently pending.

The Coroner’s Office is continuing to work collaboratively with Crystal Lake PD during this investigation.

Jiffy Lube Death

McHenry County Coroner, Dr. Michael Rein, announced that his office was contacted on July 16, 2021 by McHenry PD to investigate the death of Joseph Majko, age 29, of Crystal Lake.

Mr. Majko was struck by a vehicle at his place of employment, Jiffy Lube on N. Richmond Rd. in McHenry.

He was transported to Northwestern Hospital McHenry where he was pronounced deceased.

An autopsy was performed today, July 19, 2021. Preliminary findings show blunt force trauma as the cause of death. Toxicology is currently pending.

The Coroner’s Office is continuing to work collaboratively with McHenry PD during this investigation.

Crystal Lake Police Investigate Man’s Death

From the Crystal Lake Police:

Crystal Lake Police Investigate Death of Adult Male

Crystal Lake, IL- On July 18, 2021, at 8:29 am the Crystal Lake Police Department and the Crystal Lake Fire Department were called to the area of Oaks Street, south of Shipland Drive for a report of an unconscious male subject.

Oak Street at Shipman in Crystal Lake.

Upon arrival, police located male subject, approximately 35 years of age, with no obvious signs of injury.

Crystal Lake Fire Department personnel quickly determined the adult male subject was a deceased.

The McHenry Coroner was called to the scene to assist.

This case is considered an active investigation

While we are still gathering evidence, we are sure there is no danger to the public as a result of this incident.

We encourage anyone who may have information relating to this incident to contact the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815-356-3620.

In addition, anyone with a cell phone can send an anonymous tip to the Crystal Lake Police Department by texting the word CLPDTIP along with the tip information to 847411 (tip411). Normal text messaging rates do apply.

Pritzker Running for Re-Election

Since this is a political blog, it ought to pass on the news that Governor JB Pritzker is running for re-election.

The announcement’s newsworthiness is reflected in its being placed on page 3 of the Chicago Tribune:

Gary Rabine’s Reaction:

Gary Rabine: Illinois can’t afford four more years of JB Pritzker

Woodstock, IL – Gary Rabine, a candidate for Governor, is issuing the following statement on JB Pritzker’s announcement that he is running for re-election.

“The last two and a half years have been a disaster for Illinois on JB Pritzker’s watch. Governor Pritzker has raised taxes, increased spending, and signed into law some of the most radical, far-left legislation in the nation. When Pritzker didn’t get his income tax increase, he raised taxes and regulations at a record pace to dominate the highest taxed citizens in America. All this isn’t enough as Pritzker threatens to pursue higher income tax again if elected to a second term.

JB Pritzker doesn’t mention in his announcement his leadership in outmigration or that Illinois has the worst credit rating of all 50 states, even with the billions in federal bailouts.

Under Pritzker, our state has become one of the most violent in America with 385 homicides and 1,897 shootings midway through 2021. A great leader would not sleep until this tragic environment was changed.

The people of Illinois cannot afford four more years of JB Pritzker. I am confident, that in 2022, we will reject him and his radical agenda that is driving our state into unacceptable insolvency and violence.”

Three-term Circuit Judge John Noverini of Carpentersville Launches Campaign for Illinois Supreme Court

John Noverini

The open Illinois Supreme Court 2nd District race could be one of the most expensive open seat Supreme Court races ever

Those who remember the 2000 Republican primary for the 2nd District between then-appointed Justice S. Louis Rathje, then DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Bonnie Wheaton and winner, former Chicago Bears place kicker Bob Thomas, know how brutal an open seat Supreme Court primary can be.

And with the later primary election plus a competitive race General Election in a new district and only 4 months to raise money and campaign and possible control of the Illinois Supreme Court at stake, 2000 will seem like a spring shower opposed to the storm of 2022 for the 2nd District.

With that backdrop, Kane County Circuit Judge John A. Noverini (D, Carpentersville) launched his campaign for the Democratic nomination.

The 62 year old Noverini was retained for a 3rd term as Circuit Judge last November. Currently, Noverini presides over the Probate Court.

Noverini has never lost an election:

  • Elected Carpentersville village trustee in 1999
  • Unseated two-term Kane County Board Member in 2002, and won reelection in 2006
  • Unseated appointed circuit judge in 2008

According to a Sunday article in Center for Illinois Politics, Judge Noverini loaned himself $95K.

His website has launched and Noverini is running on:

  • Experience
  • Integrity
  • Independence
Judge John Noverini and wife Saray Rodriguez

Noverini has strong ties into the Hispanic community through his wife, Saray Rodriguez, a former Information Technology small business owner. In his bio, he highlights the need for more diversity on the bench, not only ethnicity, but legal experience.

Judge Noverini’s website with complete bio can be viewed here.

Local Paper Finds Liberal Rally Saturday, But Not Conservative Demonstration

Maybe it was because the liberals gathered closer to Shaw Media’s Northwest Herald building.

Maybe it was because Congressman Sean Casten showed up.

Maybe it was because the left wing group calling itself “Indivisible NWIL” told the Northwest Herald of its event and the conservatives didn’t tell the NWH of its impromptu (one day notice) demonstration.

In any event, a Shaw publication called “The Citizen” had an article with no byline (but with the name NWH reporter “Cassie Buchman/Woodstock” at the event), as you can see from the screen shot below (no link could be found to the article):

Claiming thirty showed up at the event organized by Woodstock’s Eveej Malone, the event promoted the Democrats’ nationalization of voting rules.

Prior to the night “vigil,” near Target, conservatives gathered near the intersection or Route 176 and Valley View Road in Prairie Grove to protest a $200 fine for Gianelli’s Drive Thru restaurant.

Early attendees at the demonstration included Algonquin Township Clerk Maureen Huff, Algonquin Township
Trustee Theresa Fronczak and Tina Paskey.

Freewill donations garnered $200 to pay the fine.

IL-16: Groypers Officially Enter Republican Primary as Congressman Paul Gosar Endorses Jack Lombardi

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Paul Gosar
Jack Lombardi

Endorsement brings to light the two main sides of “America First”, the traditional/mainstream vs. the “populist”/fringe and Lombardi backed by latter

Back in April when Freelancer Gabriella Hoffman interviewed Republican IL-16 candidate Catalina Lauf, an exchange about the “hijacking” of the America First movement was discussed, with Hoffman describing the “traditional conservatism” opposed to “populism”, pointing out there are areas of overlap.

With Friday’s tweets of 5-term Congressman Paul Gosar (R, AZ-04) backing IL-16 candidate Jack Lombardi, the lines between “populism” America First, backed by the likes of Gosar, ex Congressman Steve King (R, IA-04) and activist Nick Fuentes, and traditional America First can no longer be blurred.

In a June 28 comment on an IL-16 article, Lombardi himself said the following:

“[Catalina Lauf ]…will have to spend 4 to 1 to match the populist

Jack Lombardi, emphasis added 6/28/21 comment


So Lombardi in his own words embraced the “populist” label of America First, which ties him to the Groypers who are backed by Congressman Gosar, ex Congressman King and Nick Fuentes.

Since 2019, the Groypers under Nick Fuentes’ leadership broke away from more traditional America First supporters like the American Conservative Union, who hosts “Conservative Political Action Conference” (CPAC) each year. Indeed, under Fuentes’ “America First Foundation” non-partisan, non-profit, Fuentes and others launched a rival “America First Political Action Conference” (AFPAC), which would hold its meetings at the same time as the annual CPAC in February.

In February of this year, when CPAC met in Orlando, AFPAC2 met in Orlando on same weekend.

When CPAC met in Dallas earlier this month, Fuentes had a rival conference across the street from the CPAC hotel venue, and Fuentes sporting his Pit Viper shades tried to crash CPAC. Here’s the short 2-minute, relatively tame video, including Fuentes’ speaking:

From the desk of John Lopez: Am I making this stuff up of Gosar ties to Fuentes? Nope, you can read about it from late last month here, and feel free to Google the fallout articles and read for yourself.

As for the hour-plus long speech Fuentes made in Dallas after the above video was shot, feel free to Google/YouTube search for it.

Back to Gosar backing Lombardi, here is how the tweets went down on Friday:

That was basically it, nothing formally in writing, nor a joint appearance (not even virtual joint appearance), just a tweet, as fundraising for Q2 reports had finished being posted.

Late yesterday, the Daily Herald picked up the Gosar-Lombardi story and published it yesterday evening online, and appeared in today’s print edition. POLITICO‘s “Illinois Playbook” column published a blurb from the Herald‘s story this morning.

Will this really help Lombardi? Probably not, as his real pain point for his campaign is fundraising. We saw Lombardi’s boast about Catalina Lauf needing to spend 4 times more against the self-described “populist”.

Using the cash receipts/expenses chart for all Kinzinger’s challengers who reported fundraising last week, looks like Lauf has spent over 10 times Lombardi, and for the year, raised over 10 times Lombardi (reminder, the below chart excludes in-kind receipts and expenses):

Where does QAnon/WWG1WGA fit into all this? QAnon is a discredited conspiracy theory that is shrouded in some overlapping truth. One will likely find QAnon believers to a certain degree in both America First camps.

External references to both sides of America First are below:

  • Traditional/mainstream America First, through the America First Policy Institute can be viewed here
  • Populist/Groyper America First, through America First Foundation can be viewed here

If you’re going to be involved in Republican politics during the 2022 election cycle, please learn what will be at stake from resources above.

Just think, I didn’t even cover Congressman Adam Kinzinger’s (R, IL-16) “Country First” views, yet.

UPDATED IL-16: Final Q2 FEC Filings and Adam Kinzinger with $3 Million in Bank

Adam Kinzinger

Here is the final (with Democrat Marsha Williams data added) tote board for the candidates who filed Federal Election Commission (FEC) campaign disclosure reports for Q2

Update: Late Friday night, Democrat IL-16 candidate Marsha Williams posted her FEC Q2 report. Her numbers added to the tote board.

Of Williams’ total receipts, $5,100 was from contributions (not loans) from herself.

Per comment in previous article, the Q2 Burn Rate column was added. The metric is simply the Q2 Expenses column divided by Q2 Receipts.

In-Kind Contributions

Please note, Jack Lombardi’s Q2 numbers for receipts and expenses are inflated because he counted “in-kind” contribution of $10K from himself, and two in-kind contributions totaling $5.8K, bringing the total to $15.8K. The entire $15.8K were offset by in-kind expenses of $10K to Lombardi himself, plus $2.9K of in-kind expenses to two volunteers.

The in-kind receipts and expenses should be subtracted from the receipts and expenses columns to show the total cash receipts and cash expenses.

Applying the math, Lombardi’s cash numbers are:

  • Receipts: $25,357.06
  • Expenses: $13,752.69
  • Cash on hand remains the same at $11,605.37

Both Lombardi and Catalina Lauf (in Q1) had significant amounts of in-kinds. Lombardi’s $10K candidate in-kind, while legal, is a head-scratcher, since he could have simply expensed whatever the spend was for and the name of the vendor would have been fully disclosed.

For the Kinzinger challengers, I will be doing a separate cash receipts/expenditures spreadsheet, excluding all in-kinds. Lauf’s Q1 in-kind totaled just under $18K, and no candidate in-kinds.

Williams’ in-kind totaled $300.

“FD” is Financial Disclosure statement filfile

Messages of the Day — Cobra Kai Season 4, Jeff Ward and IL-16

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“Extreme situations require extreme measures.”

“Now the real pain begins.”

In the aftermath of the Capitol Riots on January 6th, I shared the back story of how I became a fan of the Cobra Kai series on Netflix, thanks to Red State blog’s Managing Editor Jennifer Van Laar.

So with season 4 of Cobra Kai wrapping production at the end of May, Netflix released the following tweets revealing what fans of the show had already figured would be a part of the 4th season, set to drop this fall — the return of Terry Silver (played by Thomas Ian Griffith), the main sadistic bad guy from Karate Kid, Part III in 1989 (but set in fall, 1985).

Two episodes of season 3 gave the back story of how Sensei John Kreese and Silver (nicknamed “Twig”) first met in Vietnam, and how Silver became indebted to Kreese for life.

In recognition of Cobra Kai‘s first major Emmy nomination, Best Comedy(?) Series last week and its parallels with recent events in the IL-16 Republican primary race, here is Silver’s reintroduction.

The Quick-Silver rules to teach a new generation of students of Cobra Kai.

From the desk of John Lopez: The Terry Silver character may have been introduced into the IL-16 Republican primary race in the past week in the form of Jeff Ward, who had his conviction of misdemeanor domestic battery overturned by the Illinois Appellate Court, 2nd District on July 9.

I used the backdrop of Ward’s overturning of the conviction in this article from last Wednesday.

Yesterday, Mr. Ward paid McHenry County Blog a visit, and posted this comment in last Wednesday’s article mid afternoon on Sunday concerning both IL-16 Republican candidate Catalina Lauf and former Kane County State’s Attorney, and now Metra Board Member Joe McMahon (R, Geneva):

Jeff Ward
Catalina Lauf

“First, I don’t give a flying [EXPLETIVE, DELETED] about what anyone thinks about me and I never will. If you don’t like me then get off your fat asses and build a base a reputation to compete with TheFirstWard.net. And the fact that some of you [EXPLETIVE, DELETED] can only manage to throw bombs at me anonymously says it all.

“And yes! I will succeed in a suit against Lauf because that Shaw Media column in question, which has been removed from the Net, made it VERY clear that I was going to appeal.

“And when you consider my track record in beating law enforcement, had I been in her shoes, I wouldn’t have said a [EXPLETIVE, DELETED] word until I knew it was gonna stick.

“She’ll simply settle any lawsuit because she has an IQ of 12 and I could destroy her on the stand pro se – which is generally how I proceeded with the appeal.

“I shoulda been an attorney!

“As far as my congenial persona, I’m sure you can understand what they’d do to me if I didn’t command fear because you’ve seen what’s they’ve done to me in spite of the fact that I am feared. How many journalist sue a state’s attorney and win.

“Joe McMahon is back in private practice, isn’t he? At least I’m will to take chances.

“What have some of you [EXPLETIVE, DELETED] done? Posted comments on a blog.

“Lastly, I appreciate the people here who’ve seen the truth.

“Jeff Ward”

Comment from Jeff Ward, 7/18/21, 2:21PM CDT


Ward is correct the Shaw Media story from June of 2018 was removed. I also confirm the Daily Herald story about Ward’s conviction was removed last Monday, though the headline still on the Net (but excludes Ward’s name).

Shortly after Noon CDT on Sunday, Ward posted this tweet directed at both Lauf and me:

So Ward states his targets, in this order are:

  • City of Geneva
  • Kane County State’s Attorney Office
  • Catalina Lauf

Knowing Jeff Ward, I know he usually follows through on his planned actions, and I will be watching the Kane County courts portal for new Causes of Action in the coming weeks from Ward.

And if Ward really does file suits, I see the Terry Silver character playing out in 2021, just as he will on Cobra Kai season 4 this fall (set in spring, 2019).

Few Pols on Parade at McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade

As usual, I parked myself in front of Perry Moy’s Plum Garden restaurant for McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade.

And, as usual, I went looking for local politicians.

I found Republican aspirant for Sheriff Robb Tadelman and asked where I could find the Republican contingent.

Robb Tadelman decided to work the crowds along the parade route.

He told me that the $450 entrance fee had led to the decision not to participate.

I did find some McHenry Aldermen and women.

Patrick Devine, Alderman for Ward 6, was caught on camera.

Representing Ward 7 is Sue Miller.

Sue Miller is on the right.

Ward 3’s Alderman Frank McClatchey was also in the parade.

Frank McClatchey (on the left) and supporter.

The first official elected as a partisan was State Rep. Tom Weber.

A float drove into view for State Rep. Tom Weber.

Weber played music aimed at a younger audience than me and used his loud speaker to address the crowd.

Tom Weber talked to those watching the parade.

The only other partisan politician to make himself known was gubernatorial hopeful Gary Rabine, until recently from Johnsburg.

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Gary Rabine’s campaign bus came next.

And that was it for politics.

Nothing from the Democrats.

Precious little from Republicans.