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MC 50

The McHenry County Conservation District is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a celebration event Saturday, marking 50 years since the conservation district was formed by a countywide referendum.

The free, family-friendly event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fel-Pro RRR Conservation Area, 1520 Crystal Lake Road in Cary, will feature nature crafts, sidewalk chalk contest, birding, tomahawk toss, fish casting game, a fisheries “live tank” demo, prizes and giveaways, according to a news release.

Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or stop at one of the food trucks, according to the release. Live music will be performed by Junkyard Groove and a short presentation and introductions will take place at noon.

For information, go to MCCDistrict.org.

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MC Fair

“The McHenry County Fair is a 73-year tradition held in Woodstock, Illinois. At the fair you can see 4-H, Open, and Junior Open livestock and non-livestock shows, educational displays revolving around conservation and agriculture, various vendors from different businesses and organizations across the county, a carnival, and a variety of ground and grandstand entertainment. It is an event for families to come to create summertime memories that last a lifetime.”

For a complete listing of all activities, times and dates click here. For directions, click here.

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Biden MCC

President Joe Biden promised jobs and better access to education in an appeal that may resonate with suburban swing voters during a historic trip to McHenry County College.

“America is back,” Biden said Wednesday, promising to fund transportation through an infrastructure package that faces opposition in Congress.

“Think how life will be when it’s quicker to drive on Randall Road,” Biden quipped, singling out a local traffic hot spot.

It’s the president’s first visit to Illinois since his inauguration and he picked a county where a majority backed former President Donald Trump in 2020.

And, outside the college, along Route 14 in Crystal Lake, a large crowd of Trump supporters gathered with flags and banners to rail against Biden.

“I think everything they’re (Biden administration) doing is harmful to our nation right now,” Crystal Lake resident Fred Bock told the Northwest Herald.

McHenry Board Chairman Michael Buehler, a Republican, said it was “exciting” that Biden picked the county. “It makes sense. McHenry County really exemplifies the best of the best Illinois has to offer.”

Other local Republicans weren’t impressed.

State Rep. Martin McLaughlin of Barrington Hills, who was not at Wednesday’s event, said that “over and over, more empty promises are coming from political elites passing more unrestricted spending programs that barely if ever accomplish what they promise.”

Read more here.

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220 Board 2019

Members of the Barrington School District 220 Board of Education Barry Altshuler, from left, Mike Shackleton, Sandra Ficke-Bradford, President Penny Kazmier, Superintendent Brian Harris, Angela Wilcox, Gavin Newman and Leah Collister-Lazzari are pictured July 30, 2019. Shackleton, Ficke-Bradford, Kazmier and Newman were up for reelection in 2021. Kazmier and Newman did not run. Ficke-Braford unofficially retained her seat in the April 6, 2021 election while Shackleton did not. (Steve Sadin / Pioneer Press)

One incumbent and three others who would be new to the Barrington School District 220 Board of Education are emerging as top vote-getters in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results from the Cook, Lake and Kane county clerks’ offices.

The district, with its headquarters in Barrington, serves surrounding towns that are in part or all of each county. Also, a small portion of the district is in McHenry County but unofficial results do not include any totals from McHenry because of what the clerk’s office there called “some anomalies in [Tuesday’s] unofficial election results.”

The top four vote-getters include incumbent Sandra Ficke-Bradford, the current board vice president, with about 12% of the combined Lake and Cook county vote, and newcomers Erin Chan Ding, with about 13%, and Katie Karam and Steve Wang, both with about 12% of the vote, according to unofficial results from each county clerk’s office.

The race had been rancorous, with charges by the League of Women Voters and others of strong partisan involvement in what some expected to be a non-partisan race, and complaints by some parents and candidates over what they saw as unseemly endorsements from the Barrington Education Association teachers union. The union endorsed Ficke-Bradford, Chan Ding, Klauer, and Thomas Mitoraj.

Ficke-Bradford said she wasn’t sure if the BEA endorsement hurt or helped. Chan Ding said she thought the endorsement had little effect overall, but she found it personally affirming that the teachers group saw her as someone with whom they could work.

Read more of the Barrington Courier-Review report on the 220 election here.

Editorial note:  So far, the Daily Herald, Barrington Courier-Review/Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times or the Northwest Herald have not commented on what Alex Strobl shared with this and other publications last weekend.

Additionally, forty-five minutes of Tuesday evening’s Board of Education meeting were devoted to the topic (See “District 220 Board discusses Strobl documents”), so we’re really looking forward to their reports (though we’re not holding our breath).

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The Barrington Hills Observer wholeheartedly endorses Brian Cecola for Village of Barrington Hills President, as well as David Riff, Tom Strauss and Laura Ekstrom for Village Trustees in the April 6th Consolidated Election.

Early voting starts this morning for the April 6, 2021 Consolidated Elections.  For information on where to cast your ballot between now and Election Day, click on your county below:

We’ll be publishing our official endorsements soon. In the meantime, feel free to use and share the sample ballot below noting our recommendations:

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County clerk says this year’s primary illustrates the importance of voting in local primaries

Just a few thousand McHenry County Republican primary voters decided the fate of five competitive races across three local townships Tuesday, choosing Republican candidates for various races in Algonquin, Nunda and Grafton townships, which, in some cases, meant deciding the overall winner.

A preliminary total of 3,426 ballots were cast in Tuesday’s primary, with 805 people voting early and 82 people by mail, according to McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio and numbers posted to the county’s election results page.

As the ballots were counted Tuesday night, it became clear that Randolph “Randy” Funk will become the next Algonquin Township supervisor. Funk garnered 57% of the vote over current Algonquin Township Trustee Elaine Ramesh, who received 30% of the vote, and former federal law enforcement officer Kirk Cole, who got 13% of the vote.

Given that no candidates from opposing parties decided to run for the Algonquin Township supervisor role, Funk’s name will appear on the April 6 ballot alone as the de facto winner of the race.

In the Algonquin Township highway commissioner race, Daniel Sandberg won 57% of the vote over Robert “Bob” Bragg (43%) and will now face off against independent candidate Derek Lee in the April election.

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Voters to weigh in on only two contested races among the township’s key roles, supervisor and highway commissioner

Candidates for Supervisor at Algonquin Township include (from left:) Kirk Cole, Randy Funk, and Elaine Ramesh.

In the Republican primary set for Feb. 23, voters will decide who will serve as Algonquin Township’s next supervisor, one of only two races for the township – the second being highway commissioner – that are actually contested out of the five races on the ballot this spring.

Primary voters will be asked to chose between three Republican candidates for supervisor: Elaine Ramesh, Randolph “Randy” Funk and Kirk Cole. The winner will appear on the April ballot where they are set to run uncontested.

“These days, a lot of people are discouraged with the national political situation and everything else,” Ramesh said. “I think good people have to stand up and try and say, ‘OK, I’ll run for office, I think I could do a good job so let it be me.’”

Ramesh is a current Algonquin Township trustee and secretary of the McHenry County Republican Women’s Club. She also previously served on the Barrington Hills Village Board. She said she is running for supervisor as a continuation of this service and to bring more female representation to township leadership.

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The Heritage Quilters are raffling a “Fit to be Tied” quilt with a bow-tie pattern made from 1930s pastel prints. (Courtesy of McHenry County Historical Society)

Time is running out for an opportunity to win this year’s McHenry County Historical Society hand-stitched quilt.  “Fit to be Tied” features a bow-tie pattern made from 1930s pastel prints.

Some of the fabric prints have recognizable figures in them. They are called object or conversation prints. These were used as early as the mid-1880s. Often the early prints were of a patriotic or nautical subject, or a nature theme.

The Heritage Quilters’ bow tie quilt has a lightness and whimsy to it, with a center block of applique. The pattern dates to the 1880s and was first published by the Ladies Arts Company in 1895.

Like so many quilt patterns, it had other names: Colonial Bow Tie, Peekhole, True Lovers’ Knot, Dumbbell. Tickets, $1 each or six for $5, are available online at mchenrycountyhistory.org/fit-be-tied.

Because of ongoing health concerns this year, the drawing will be held virtually at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at the museum, 6422 Main St. in Union. Visit GotHistory.org for a link to follow along, or follow www.facebook.com/McHenryCountyHistoricalSociety.

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Algonquin Township voters won’t get to decide this April whether to abolish the township and its associated road district if the unanimous vote cast by the township electoral board Friday holds.

The vote sustained an objection made by Randy Funk, a candidate for township supervisor running in the April election, that questioned more than a hundred signatures he said didn’t match voter registration rolls and nearly 90 where the signer didn’t appear to live in the township or wasn’t registered to vote at the address listed.

Funk needed just 89 signatures deemed invalid in order to have the petition sunk but the three-member electoral board sustained his objection in its entirety, he said. The objection also raised issues with four pages where Funk said the petitioner signed off on the paperwork despite it being “clear as day” the signatures gathered were not from township residents.

The vote by the electoral board – made up of township Supervisor Charles Lutzow, Clerk Karen Lukasik and Trustee Daniel Shea – was no surprise to Bob Anderson, a McHenry Township trustee who has long fought for the elimination of townships and helped gather signatures for the rejected petition.

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Petition for referendum certified this week, McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio says

Algonquin Township voters will decide whether to abolish the local government unit in the April election after a petition for a referendum on the matter was certified by McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio and the township clerk’s office this week.

An effort to gather township voter signatures to get the referendum on the ballot was initiated by McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally and former McHenry County Board Chairman and state legislator Jack Franks.

The petition was successful in gaining approval to head to voters in the spring, Tirio said Thursday, and will appear on the ballot barring any formal objections or legal actions taken by voters to prevent that from happening.

The petition required signatures from 445 township voters to be certified for the upcoming election, and those gathering the signatures were led in part by McHenry Township Trustee Bob Anderson, a longtime critic of the township form of government who is seeking to consolidate the township he helps lead.

Anderson said almost 100 signatures more than necessary were turned into the township clerk and county clerk offices.

The ballot measure will offer the latest test case for how McHenry County residents feel about the framework for township abolition set up by a state bill sponsored by state Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, that was signed into law last year. McSweeney decided against running for another term this past November.

Read more here.

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