Statewide, all eyes will be on the race for governor in 2014.
Locally, however, no race likely will match the interest generated in the campaign for McHenry County sheriff, especially the Republican primary in March.
Although nobody is officially on the ballot, three candidates have publicly stated their intention to replace retiring Sheriff Keith Nygren.
On the Republican side, McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke and former Des Plaines Police Cmdr. Bill Prim are expected to square off. Jim Harrison, an attorney specializing in employment law and a former sheriff’s deputy, has said he is running as an independent.
Nobody on the Democratic side has announced a candidacy – as is usually the case regardless of the race in McHenry County.
All three have made news in the past two weeks. Everything from ridiculous Fourth of July parade accusations to questioning one candidate’s role in the use of excessive force to questionable use of a county-issued email address have made headlines.
This week, we learned how each candidate was doing with fundraising. Prim is the money leader thus far. As of the end of June, he has $36,069.34. Zinke was next at $26,760.38, and Harrison has $12,082.81.
Prim raised $7,195 in the second quarter, which ran from April 1 to June 30.
Among Prim’s top individual donors were Carpentersville-based Bulk Lift International ($1,250), Capsonic Group President and CEO Gregory Liautaud ($1,000) and Otto Engineering owner John Roeser ($1,000).
Listed among Prim’s in-kind contributions was $1,100.60 from McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi.
Zinke raised $14,925 – more than double the amount raised by Prim – in the quarter. Among Zinke’s top individual donors were Huntley-based 11916 Main Partnership ($1,000), Woodstock-based Alliance Contractors Inc. ($1,000), Lake Bluff-based Peter Baker & Son Co. ($1,000), Johnsburg-based Radicom Inc. ($1,000), Village Hall Banquets president and former County Board member Randall Donley ($1,000), car dealership owner Gary Lang ($1,000) and former County Board member Marc Munaretto ($1,000).
The group Citizens To Elect Bob Miller also donated $1,060 to Zinke’s campaign.
Harrison raised $8,570.11 in the quarter. Harrison’s non-itemized contributions – those less than $150 – totaled $5,555.11. Among Harrison’s top individual donors were Timothy Downes ($1,000), Sam Markos ($1,000) and Deann Finke ($365).
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Bears fans will want to check out HubArkush.com on Tuesday. That’s when Shaw Media will launch the new website, which will be all things Bears football.
The site will include commentary and analysis from Hub Arkush, the longtime editor and publisher of Pro Football Weekly and a senior football analyst with WSCR-670 The Score.
Arkush will be joined by former Pro Football Weekly associate editor Kevin Fishbain and the Northwest Herald’s Tom Musick in providing unprecedented Bears coverage online and in the Northwest Herald.
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• Jason Schaumburg is editor of the Northwest Herald. You never know when you might be behind him in the drive-thru lane at Starbucks and he buys your coffee. Reach him at 815-459-4122 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @Schaumy.