Schaumburg: Happy to be a threat to McHenry County College

I swear that I had a 600-word column written and ready to go before senior reporter Kevin Craver stole my thunder.

Well, in my head, at least.

I was prepared to write about the McHenry County College Board of Trustees and its 2013-2018 strategic plan. More specifically, the part on page 13 that classifies the media, bloggers and taxpayers as threats to the college.

Apparently, the college doesn’t like the media or taxpayers paying attention to and questioning its business. And by its business, I mean our business. That makes us a threat when the college does things such as force out its president and lie about the circumstances of his departure or use questionable enrollment projections to support expansion initiatives.

You can read about all the specifics on and Craver’s Opening Doors blog.

I suppose we’re a threat, too, when we run front-page stories about the college’s innovative virtual cadaver that it introduced into biology classes, as we did Aug. 16. It’s really threatening when we give space on our Opinion page to MCC President Vicky Smith to write a monthly column.

We view MCC as a tremendous asset to McHenry County. But that doesn’t mean we won’t be a watchdog for what it’s doing and how it’s conducting business.

If that makes us a threat, then we’re happy to be a threat. We’ll consider it a feather in our cap.

That same strategic plan contains a list of MCC’s weaknesses. Among them is “angst over cultural shifts.” Perhaps it should have read “angst over being held accountable for our actions.”

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Elected officials and those seeking office in Illinois aren’t required to again file their quarterly report of campaign fundraising and expenditures until October. However, donations of $1,000 or more are required to be reported immediately.

Checking in on the announced candidates for county sheriff shows that McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke has been busy.

Republican candidate Bill Prim was the money leader after the second quarter ($36,069.34). Since the end of June, Prim has not received any donations of $1,000 or more.

Prim’s likely opponent in the GOP primary, Zinke, was second in fundraising after the second quarter ($26,760.38). Since July 1, he has received five large donations: Breh Sales Ltd. in Harwood Heights ($1,000), outgoing McHenry County Treasurer Bill LeFew ($1,000), Althoff Industries Vice President Christopher Bennett ($1,000), Cabay & Company Director Kenneth Cabay ($1,000) and Rabine Group CEO Gary Rabine ($1,000).

Independent candidate Jim Harrison was third in fundraising after the second quarter ($12,082.81). He’s received one large donation since July 1, from John Krenger ($1,000).

• Jason Schaumburg is editor of the Northwest Herald. He has the 10th pick in his upcoming fantasy football draft. Any suggestions for him? Reach him at 815-459-4122 or via email at Follow him on Twitter at @Schaumy.

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