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  • 3 GOP candidates vie for the 26th Illinois Senate District

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Stemming the exodus of taxpayers and jobs from Illinois and lightening the state’s heavy property tax burden is paramount to the three ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 12:08 am
  • McHenry County state's attorney GOP candidates locked in contentious race

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The two Republican candidates for McHenry County state’s attorney talked about their records, and attacked each other’s, during their m ...
    Feb. 7, 2016 - 11:56 pm
  • Incumbent, challenger face off in first McHenry County Board chairman race

    CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County voters for the first time will directly elect the chairman of the County Board.
    Feb. 6, 2016 - 10:19 am
  • 66th House District candidates make their pitches to voters

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Four Republican candidates took the stage Thursday night at McHenry County College to explain why voters should elect them to succeed M ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 1:18 am
  • McHenry County Board chairman, state's attorney, recorder candidates talk issues, take jabs at forum

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Both Republicans running for McHenry County state’s attorney took swipes at each other at Tuesday night’s League of Women Voters forum.
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 11:19 am
  • Absent Voters: McHenry County agencies aim to boost turnout by registering, informing citizens

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part three of our Absent Voters series. The Northwest Herald examined data from the last 15 years of McHenry County elections f ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 12:07 am
  • WATCH LIVE: Illinois House Districts 66, 63 candidates forum at McHenry County College

    The Northwest Herald will be live-streaming the McHenry County League of Women Voters' candidate forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at McHenry County College
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 6:16 pm
  • Absent Voters: McHenry County's uncontested elections spark lack of accountability

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one-half of part two of our Absent Voters series. Read the other half on how apathy can cause tie votes and misrepresentation a ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 5:48 pm
  • Absent Voters: McHenry County sees low Latino turnout, strong guns, anti-abortion support

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one half of part one of our Absent Voters series. Read the other half of part one looking at the numbers including voter turnou ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 5:47 pm
  • Absent Voters: McHenry County voter interest declines over decade

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one-half of part one of our Absent Voters series. Read the other half of part one on how residents who have high and low civic ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 5:47 pm
  • League of Women voters to host forum for McHenry County-wide office candidates

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The Northwest Herald will be live-streaming Tuesday night’s McHenry County League of Women Voters candidate forum for Republican candid ...
    Jan. 30, 2016 - 11:42 pm
  • McHenry County Board GOP hopefuls make their cases to voters

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Property tax relief and more responsive government are among the top priorities of Republican hopefuls running in the March 15 primary ...
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 1:18 pm
  • Presidential primary objections in Illinois could delay early voting, mail ballots

    A number of objections to the petitions of presidential candidates on the Illinois ballot for the March 15 primary might delay voting by mail and an e ...
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 12:29 am
  • Northwest Herald election questionnaires sent out to McHenry County candidates

    The Northwest Herald has emailed election questionnaires to candidates in contested races in March's primary election.
    Jan. 25, 2016 - 12:42 am
  • Democratic congressional candidates talk economy, Affordable Care Act

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Strengthening the Affordable Care Act, improving the economy and establishing a budget that looks long term were some of the priorities ...
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 9:53 am
  • McHenry County's congressional candidates will be at forum at MCC

    The first of five McHenry County League of Women Voters candidate forums takes place Thursday evening with candidates for the county's two congression ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 4:05 pm
  • Illinois election board: Steve Reick, Casey Urlacher can stay on March ballot

    The Illinois State Board of Elections ruled that Republican candidates Steve Reick and Casey Urlacher can stay on the March 15 primary ballot.
    Jan. 21, 2016 - 12:18 am
  • Objections to 2 McHenry County candidates running for state office to be decided Jan. 20

    Objections to the petitions of two local Republican candidates running for state office in the March 15 primary will go before the Illinois State Boar ...
    Jan. 7, 2016 - 11:39 pm
  • McHenry County League of Women Voters hosting 5 candidate forums at MCC

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Candidates for contested federal, state and county races will have a chance in the coming months to make their cases directly to McHenr ...
    Dec. 29, 2015 - 12:38 am
  • Objection to McHenry County Board member Michael Skala's candidacy withdrawn

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board candidate Andrew Snarski withdrew his objection to incumbent Michael Skala’s petition Thursday after Skala produced a ...
    Dec. 18, 2015 - 10:35 am
  • McHenry County recorder candidate wants to abolish the office

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County recorder candidate Joe Tirio wants to put himself out of a job, if elected, by eliminating the office altogether.
    Dec. 15, 2015 - 11:07 pm
  • Election 2016: Objectors file a handful of challenges to McHenry County candidate petitions

    A handful of local candidates face challenges to their petitions for office. Objectors on Monday, t ...
    Dec. 8, 2015 - 10:32 am
  • McHenry County State's Attorney Lou Bianchi dropping re-election bid

    McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi will not seek a fourth term in office and will withdraw from the race, he announced early Monday evening.
    Dec. 8, 2015 - 12:29 am
  • McHenry County State's Attorney Lou Bianchi might drop re-election bid

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi may not run for a fourth term, he announced Tuesday morning.
    Dec. 2, 2015 - 12:16 am
  • Election 2016: Assistant State's Attorney Patrick Kenneally files to run for the top spot

    State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi said he will have more to say Tuesday about the decision by one of his assistants to run for the office.
    Dec. 1, 2015 - 1:49 pm
  • Election 2016: More contested McHenry County races materializing with one day left to file

    WOODSTOCK – Contested March Republican primaries and at least two contested November election races are shaping up on the McHenry County Board with on ...
    Nov. 28, 2015 - 12:28 am
  • Election 2016: Active first filing day for McHenry County primary candidates

    WOODSTOCK – The first minute of the first day candidates have to file to run for office in the March 15 primary was a busy one for the McHenry County ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 12:29 am
  • Election 2016: Candidates filing in McHenry County for March 15 primary

    The following is a list of candidates who will appear on the March 15 primary ballot in McHenry County. Candidates marked with an (I) are incumbents:
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 3:27 pm
  • Ex-assistant state's attorney challenging State's Attorney Lou Bianchi

    A former assistant state’s attorney who ran a heated campaign against State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi eight years ago is taking another shot at the offic ...
    Nov. 20, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • McHenry County Republicans taking sides for their presidential candidates

    Ten months and four debates into the 2016 election cycle, no Republican presidential candidate in the crowded 14-member field has become the one to be ...
    Nov. 18, 2015 - 9:48 am
  • McHenry County Board taps county GOP's pick Jeff Thorsen to fill vacancy

    WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board went with the county Republican Party’s pick to fill the remaining term of former board member Ken Koehler.
    Nov. 4, 2015 - 12:29 am
  • Chicago Bears star Brian Urlacher's brother running for 26th Illinois Senate

    Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher has entered the 26th Illinois Senate District race, making the Republican primary to replace outgoing Sen. Dan Duffy a th ...
    Oct. 29, 2015 - 12:47 am
  • McHenry County millennials weigh in on potential voter age shift for 2016 race

    One item the new McHenry County College student government president plans to see through this year is an expanded voter registration program.
    Sept. 13, 2015 - 12:02 am
  • GOP candidate for Illinois House seat to run for retiring Sen. Dan Duffy's seat instead

    A Republican who was running to replace a retiring House member is running for retiring Sen. Dan Duffy’s seat instead, negating what could have been a ...
    Sept. 11, 2015 - 11:28 pm
  • McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski announces re-election bid

    WOODSTOCK – Republican McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski has announced her intent to run for re-election in 2016.
    Sept. 11, 2015 - 1:36 pm
  • State Sen. Dan Duffy will not seek re-election

    Making good on a 2008 promise to limit his terms, Republican state Sen. Dan Duffy announced Thursday he will not seek re-election.
    Sept. 13, 2015 - 12:08 am
  • Michael Walkup challenging McHenry County Board Chair Joe Gottemoller in GOP primary

    The first-ever popular election of the McHenry County Board chairman is now a contested race. Board ...
    Sept. 10, 2015 - 12:10 am
  • McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer announces re-election bid

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer intends to run for a fourth term in office. Palmer, a ...
    Sept. 4, 2015 - 10:23 am
  • State Sen. Pam Althoff formally announces her re-election campaign

    McHENRY – Republican state Sen. Pam Althoff made it official that she is seeking a fourth full term in Springfield.
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 1:32 pm
  • League of Women Voters meets at Home State Bank in Crystal Lake

    Members of the League of Women Voters meet inside the community room at Home State Bank on Saturday, July 11, 2015 in Crystal Lake.
    July 11, 2015 - 12:41 pm
  • McHenry County Recorder Phyllis Walters announces retirement, endorses office supervisor

    WOODSTOCK – A fixture in McHenry County government for the past 43 years is calling it quits next year.
    July 13, 2015 - 10:55 am
  • GOP primary to replace Rep. Mike Tryon getting crowded

    The primary contest to replace retiring Republican state Rep. Mike Tryon is shaping up to be at least a four-way race.
    July 9, 2015 - 6:43 pm
  • McHenry County Circuit Clerk Katherine Keefe announces re-election bid

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Circuit Clerk Katherine Keefe has announced she intends to seek a third term in 2016.
    July 8, 2015 - 12:25 am
  • Illinois State Rep. Mike Tryon will not seek re-election in 2016

    Republican state Rep. Mike Tryon announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election next year, ending a 12-year run representing McHenry County in ...
    June 25, 2015 - 11:17 am
  • McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller announces election campaign

    McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller officially is asking the voters, who will now decide who gets the office, to give him four more years on ...
    June 19, 2015 - 12:10 am
  • 5-member task force will handle McHenry County township consolidation effort

    WOODSTOCK – A five-member task force will be assigned the duty of devising a plan by which township consolidation referendums can be placed on the 201 ...
    June 18, 2015 - 8:18 am
  • McHenry County Board member Tina Hill announces recorder run

    McHenry County Board member Tina Hill, R-Woodstock, announced her candidacy for county recorder Tuesday night.
    June 18, 2015 - 12:30 am
  • McHenry County State's Attorney Lou Bianchi to seek a 4th term

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County State's Attorney Lou Bianchi announced Thursday that he will seek a fourth term in office.
    June 5, 2015 - 12:12 am
  • Andy Glab wins McHenry alderman re-election by one late-arriving vote

    McHENRY – One final vote has been tallied in the tied race for one of McHenry’s wards, giving incumbent Alderman Andy Glab another four years on the c ...
    April 21, 2015 - 11:34 pm
  • McHenry County Board asking for explanation of township consolidation rules

    WOODSTOCK – If the McHenry County Board is going to be asked to put township-consolidation referendums on the ballot, Chairman Joe Gottemoller said he ...
    April 12, 2015 - 11:31 pm
  • Coin flip could determine McHenry alderman election

    McHENRY – One question Andy Glab and James Walsh likely did not expect in their quest for McHenry’s 2nd Ward seat in the City Council is: heads or tai ...
    April 9, 2015 - 12:50 am
  • Unpopular decisons propel Cary, Lakewood write-ins, others to victory

    The 10 percent of McHenry County voters who cast ballots in Tuesday’s election sent two village boards and a school district the powerful message of w ...
    April 9, 2015 - 12:49 am
  • Lake in the Hills Board: 2 incumbents, 1 newcomer take race

    LAKE IN THE HILLS – While two incumbents remain on the Lake in the Hills Board after Tuesday's election, the third seat was taken from the third incum ...
    April 8, 2015 - 4:31 pm
  • Huntley excavation firm owner joins incumbents on Village Board

    HUNTLEY – A first-time candidate with village government experience will fill the open spot on the Huntley Village Board, as two incumbents secured ne ...
    April 8, 2015 - 1:07 am
  • Strong write-in showing delays Cary Village Board election results

    CARY – The victors of the five-way Cary Village Board race remained unknown early Wednesday morning because of a strong showing by write-in candidates ...
    April 8, 2015 - 1:01 am
  • McHenry County College trustees: Parrish, Smith retake seats on board; Tirio sweeps 4-year term

    The two incumbent candidates will keep their seats on the McHenry County College Board of Trustees. ...
    April 8, 2015 - 4:33 pm
  • Write-in Serwatka poised for victory on Lakewood Village Board

    LAKEWOOD – Write-in candidate Paul Serwatka almost certainly upset an incumbent on the Village Board, riding a wave of concern and discontent over pla ...
    April 8, 2015 - 1:03 am
  • Johnsburg School District 12: Newcomers win seats; incumbents 1 vote apart

    JOHNSBURG – Two newcomers appear poised to take seats on the District 12 School Board, with one vote as of late Tuesday evening separating two incumbe ...
    April 8, 2015 - 1:09 am
  • McHenry City Council races: Ward 2 a dead heat while Ward 4 loses incumbent

    McHENRY – The McHenry City Council will have at least one new member and could have a second as 18-year council veteran Andy Glab found himself in a d ...
    April 8, 2015 - 1:14 am
  • McHenry High School District 156 brings back 2 incumbents, welcomes real estate agent

    McHENRY – McHenry High School District 156 school board president Steve Bellmore will return with fellow incumbent Tim Byers while newcomer Dawn Breme ...
    April 8, 2015 - 1:05 am
  • One incumbent loses Harvard City Council seat

    HARVARD – Voters in three of the city’s four aldermanic wards tentatively elected two newcomers and tossed out one incumbent Tuesday evening, but only ...
    April 8, 2015 - 1:15 am
  • Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley wins re-election, unofficial results say

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Longtime Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley is set for another four years, according to unofficial election results.
    April 8, 2015 - 12:59 am
  • Crystal Lake-based District 155 race: 3 newcomers to join school board (with video)

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Three newcomers will join the Crystal Lake-based Community High School District 155 Board, according to the unofficial election result ...
    April 8, 2015 - 12:18 am
  • Woodstock City Council: Incumbents, bar owner win races (with video)

    WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock business owner edged out another first-time candidate late Tuesday night for the final spot on the City Council, as two incumb ...
    April 8, 2015 - 12:46 am
  • Election 2015: Polls close in McHenry County (with video)

    Polls have closed for Tuesday's municipal election in McHenry County.There are more than 40 conteste ...
    April 7, 2015 - 7:05 pm
  • Election 2015: McHenry County's local election day is here

    They aren't career politicians. Most are volunteers and likely none will be talk radio or cable news fodder.
    April 7, 2015 - 6:59 pm
  • Election 2015: 6 candidates seek 3 open seats on Hebron Village Board

    HEBRON – It’s a crowded field in Hebron, where six candidates are vying for three open seats on the Village Board.
    April 4, 2015 - 11:15 pm
  • Election 2015: Contested McHenry County races abound on Tuesday ballot

    OK, voters, it’s up to you this Tuesday.More than 40 races to determine who represents you – or who ...
    April 4, 2015 - 10:41 pm
  • A move outside ward puts Marengo candidate's campaign on hold

    MARENGO – Entering the final campaign stretch, Marengo aldermanic candidate Peter Hunt has yet to post a sign in the city's fourth ward or knock on a ...
    April 3, 2015 - 11:17 pm
  • Two candidates running for Trout Valley village president

    TROUT VALLEY – The incumbent candidate running for Trout Valley Village President has stated that his experience will be important in the face of pote ...
    April 3, 2015 - 11:18 pm
  • Sports complex not 'dead,' Lakewood village president says

    LAKEWOOD – The sports complex proposed for Route 47 and Pleasant Valley Road is not dead, the Lakewood village president said.
    April 2, 2015 - 11:34 pm
  • McHenry City Council incumbents challenged in crowded field

    McHENRY – One thing is certain in the McHenry City Council elections – Geri Condon will continue to represent Ward 7.
    April 2, 2015 - 11:31 pm
  • Cary District 26 school board candidates discuss technology, financial stability

    CARY – As of early February, four people had thrown their names into the running for spots on the Cary School District 26 Board, making the race a com ...
    April 1, 2015 - 11:18 pm
  • State funding, development top issues for Wonder Lake candidates

    WONDER LAKE – Candidates aiming for offices in Wonder Lake are focused on keeping village finances in line with state cuts while seeing some developme ...
    April 1, 2015 - 11:12 pm
  • Education, finances are top platforms in McHenry's School District 15 election

    McHENRY – Education and finances are the order of the day for many candidates seeking a spot on the elementary School District 15 Board.
    March 31, 2015 - 11:02 pm
  • Prairie Grove Village Board candidates eye balanced commercial growth

    PRAIRIE GROVE – Candidates vying for seats on the Prairie Grove Village Board in the April 7 election are concentrating on ways to maintain a small to ...
    March 31, 2015 - 10:39 am
  • Huntley Village Board candidates address Sun City voters during forum

    HUNTLEY – During a forum at Sun City Huntley, the four Village Board candidates found themselves agreeing Monday on prominent Huntley issues, includin ...
    March 30, 2015 - 11:31 pm
  • McHenry County Clerk's vote tabulation equipment to be tested Wednesday

    WOODSTOCK – A public test of the automatic tabulating equipment to be used during the April 7 consolidated election will be held Wednesday at the McHe ...
    March 30, 2015 - 11:22 pm
  • Harrison District 36 school board candidates focus on consolidation,

    WONDER LAKE – Two coalitions divided by the issue of consolidating with another district are vying for four seats on the Harrison School District 36 b ...
    March 29, 2015 - 11:18 pm
  • Election 2015: 6 running for 3 Johnsburg School District 12 board

    JOHNSBURG – Finances and quality of education are at the forefront for the six candidates running for three open seats on the Johnsburg School Distric ...
    March 28, 2015 - 11:39 pm
  • Harvard School District 50 board candidates target better student achievement

    HARVARD – Both sitting board members and election challengers want to improve student achievement at Harvard School District 50, as the district typic ...
    March 28, 2015 - 11:39 pm
  • Crystal Lake mayoral candidates differ on state of city

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The city of Crystal Lake as described by the two candidates vying to be its mayor looks starkly different.
    March 28, 2015 - 11:36 pm
  • McHenry High School District 156 candidates focus on finances, academic improvement

    McHENRY – McHenry High School District 156 will have at least one new board member this coming school year as six candidates, including two incumbents ...
    March 28, 2015 - 11:34 pm
  • Five candidates running for three Fox River Grove Board seats

    FOX RIVER GROVE – The proposed $250 million downtown redevelopment project is big on the minds of the five Fox River Grove Village Board candidates.
    March 28, 2015 - 11:30 pm
  • Zoning, land issues divide Barrington Hills Village Board candidates

    BARRINGTON HILLS – Rules governing the commercial boarding of horses in recent years have divided Barrington Hills and helped fuel the six-way race fo ...
    March 27, 2015 - 11:20 pm
  • Election 2015: 3 seek 2 spots on Elgin Community College Board of Trustees

    ELGIN – Voters on April 7 will decide whether to re-elect two incumbents to the Elgin Community College Board of Trustees or to replace one incumbent ...
    March 27, 2015 - 10:03 am
  • Richmond Village Board candidates look to balance small-town feel, big-business dreams

    RICHMOND – Candidates in the April election for the Richmond Village Board are looking for ways to preserve the community’s motto, “Village of Yestery ...
    March 26, 2015 - 12:37 am
  • 5 candidates running for three Holiday Hills Village Board seats

    HOLIDAY HILLS – Rather than complain about the state of Holiday Hills, three residents have banded together to run against two incumbent candidates fo ...
    March 25, 2015 - 1:05 pm
  • Property tax referendum key in Spring Grove Village Board race

    SPRING GROVE – A potential rise in property taxes is in the hands of Spring Grove voters, but candidates for the Village Board see the issue as a key ...
    March 24, 2015 - 11:28 pm
  • MCC candidates weigh in on tuition, private-public partnerships

    CRYSTAL LAKE – A recently approved tuition increase for McHenry County College students, public-private partnerships and getting students to a degree ...
    March 23, 2015 - 10:14 pm
  • Election 2015: 5 candidates vying for 3 spots on Cary Village Board

    CARY – Increased communication between the public and the village, and revitalizing the downtown area are just some of the topics on the minds of the ...
    March 22, 2015 - 11:48 pm
  • Election 2015: 4 vie for 3 seats on Lakewood Village Board

    LAKEWOOD – A write-in candidate frustrated by the recent approval of a special taxing district has made the race for the three open seats on the Lakew ...
    March 21, 2015 - 11:31 pm
  • 3-way slate seeks to oust incumbent on Island Lake Village Board

    ISLAND LAKE – The election for Island Lake Village Board pits a three-person slate against an incumbent tied to the previous administration.
    March 21, 2015 - 8:35 am
  • Crystal Lake-based CHSD 155 school board candidates talk bleachers, Common Core and more

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Property taxes, the federal Common Core curriculum standards and the accompanying state tests and the controversial bleachers at Crysta ...
    March 20, 2015 - 9:41 am
  • Fox River Grove village trustee candidate faces marijuana charges

    FOX RIVER GROVE – One of the candidates hoping to become a village trustee in Fox River Grove faces an April court date after being charged last month ...
    March 17, 2015 - 11:44 pm
  • Crystal Lake-based District 155 candidate forum scheduled for Thursday

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The nine candidates running for the Community High School District 155 Board will have a chance to share their views at an upcoming for ...
    March 17, 2015 - 11:22 pm
  • Election Central 2015

    Check out candidate questionnaires and election news. ...
    March 17, 2015 - 9:32 am
  • McHenry County absentee ballot applications available

    McHenry County voters who want to cast absentee ballots have several weeks left to apply.Voters who ...
    March 11, 2015 - 5:29 pm
  • 5 candidates, 3 open seats in Crystal Lake School District 47

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The state and its effects on school finances are big on the minds of the five men running for the District 47 school board.
    March 8, 2015 - 3:52 pm
  • Election 2015: Deadline looming in McHenry County to register to vote April 7

    McHenry County residents who need to register to vote in the April 7 election have until end of business Tuesday to do so.
    March 8, 2015 - 11:33 pm
  • District 156 school board candidates discuss finances, teachers union at forum

    McHENRY – Three of six candidates for the McHenry High School District 156 Board took part in a forum Tuesday to give residents a summary of their goa ...
    March 16, 2015 - 11:51 am
  • Three candidate forums scheduled for school, MCC boards

    Voters will have opportunities next month to learn more about the candidates and issues in three education board races in the April 7 election.
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:26 am
  • McHenry boy's rare cancer stops mom's campaign, sparks community support

    McHENRY – McHenry residents will see Erin Harris’ name on the April 7 ballot, but she doesn’t want a single vote.
    March 16, 2015 - 11:51 am
  • Election 2015: Only 3 names to appear on Algonquin village trustee ballot

    ALGONQUIN – Even though five people had filed to run for village trustee in the upcoming spring election, only three names will appear on the ballot, ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 11:30 pm
  • Northwest Herald seeks email addresses for spring election candidates

    Candidates seeking local offices in the Northwest Herald's coverage area from city councils to school boards and are in contested races for the April ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 10:48 pm
  • Former Huntley trustee withdraws from Village Board race

    HUNTLEY – A crowded field for Huntley Village Board became less competitive this week after a former trustee withdrew from the race.
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 12:29 am
  • McHenry District 156 school board candidate removed from April ballot

    WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Electoral Board removed a second school board candidate from the April 7 ballot.
    Jan. 17, 2015 - 12:02 am
  • McHenry County election board keeps Harrison School District 36 candidates on ballot

    WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Electoral Board overruled objections to the candidacies of two Harrison School District 36 candidates on split votes.
    Jan. 13, 2015 - 11:53 pm
  • Crystal Lake-based School District 155 candidate disqualified from ballot

    WOODSTOCK – One of the 11 candidates for Community High School District 155 Board was tossed from the April 7 ballot for not having the required numbe ...
    Jan. 12, 2015 - 11:22 pm
  • Candidate objection hearings scheduled

    WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Electoral Board will meet next week to hear ballot objections filed against six school board candidates in three April ...
    Jan. 11, 2015 - 12:08 pm
  • Despite Pedcor outcry, only 3 on Cary ballot for 3 trustee seats

    CARY – After all the controversy that surrounded the planned Pedcor Investments apartment project at First and Pearl streets, which led to the creatio ...
    Jan. 5, 2015 - 11:04 pm
  • 11 vie for 3 seats on Crystal Lake-based CHSD 155 school board

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The crowded field vying for the three open seats on the Community High School District 155 school board has been caused, at least in pa ...
    Jan. 11, 2015 - 11:44 am
  • Spring Grove referendum asks for tax limit increase

    SPRING GROVE – The statewide fire and police pension problems plaguing municipalities could soon be felt in Spring Grove.
    Dec. 31, 2014 - 12:26 am
  • Crystal Lake mayoral challenger moves forward with write-in campaign

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Despite getting kicked off the ballot earlier this month, Sascha Chadwick is running for mayor in Crystal Lake.
    Dec. 31, 2014 - 12:30 am
  • Richmond sees revived interest in Village Board election

    RICHMOND – There is a revival in Richmond's local government scene as five people are running for three open Village Board seats in the April election ...
    Dec. 29, 2014 - 11:59 pm
  • McHenry County Sheriff's deputies shootings top local stories of 2014

    The shooting of two McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies and the manhunt afterward was the top local story of 2014 chosen by Northwest Herald editors.
    Dec. 31, 2014 - 12:26 pm
  • Deadline to file objections in competitive MCC trustee race approaches

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Next week marks the deadline for filing objections to a candidate's nominating petitions.
    March 16, 2015 - 11:52 am
  • Election 2015: McHenry County filings lead to contested races for spring

    As Monday’s election petition deadline arrived, a flurry of filings occurred, which helped lead to some contested races in the spring election schedul ...
    Dec. 23, 2014 - 9:37 am
  • Election 2015: McHenry County-area candidates turn in paperwork in first day of filing

    Monday marked the first day most candidates could file for the spring municipal elections. Most vill ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:56 am
  • Election 2015: McHenry County-area municipal election candidate filings

    These are the candidates who have filed to run for the various village president, mayoral, trustee, council and school board positions in the McHenry ...
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 8:29 am
  • Cary Trustee Bruce Kaplan won't run for re-election

    CARY – A village trustee who ran for village president in 2013, and lost, will not be running for re-election to the village board, according to a new ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 5:08 pm
  • Crystal Lake mayoral, City Council candidates tossed off ballot; only incumbents remain

    CRYSTAL LAKE – A challenger to Mayor Aaron Shepley will not be on the ballot this spring. The Munici ...
    March 16, 2015 - 11:52 am
  • Karen Lukasik changes course, will run for re-election to Cary village board

    CARY – Village Trustee Karen Lukasik had a change of heart, and changed her mind about whether to seek a second term on the Village Board.
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 12:52 am
  • McHenry County Board elects Joe Gottemoller chairman

    WOODSTOCK – Getting the McHenry County Board to run more smoothly and efficiently is high on the list of priorities for new Chairman Joe Gottemoller.
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 10:29 pm
  • McHenry County Board chairman shuffle starts with organizing session today

    WOODSTOCK – Monday’s swearing in of the new McHenry County Board starts a monthlong process by which it will organize to perform its duties until the ...
    Nov. 30, 2014 - 11:02 pm
  • McHenry County Board chairman race in full swing

    WOODSTOCK – Next month’s spectacle of the newly-seated McHenry County Board electing its chairman for the next two years will be the last.
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 12:23 am
  • McHenry County clerk, treasurer reflect on years of service

    WOODSTOCK – A phone call from a friend in October 1959 changed the life of recent Woodstock High School graduate Kathie Cross.
    Nov. 15, 2014 - 11:16 pm
  • 'Frustrated' Cary trustee won't run for re-election on Village Board

    CARY – A vocal, and at times fiery and passionate, trustee will not run for re-election. Trustee Kar ...
    Nov. 8, 2014 - 12:46 am
  • McHenry County Republicans say new leadership fueled local rout

    The McHenry County Republican Party shared in the national rout the GOP achieved Tuesday night. Aft ...
    Nov. 7, 2014 - 10:34 am
  • Election 2014: Unofficial results for McHenry County, Illinois state races

    NOV. 4, 2014 ELECTION RESULTS (unofficial) CONGRESS McHenry County: 212/212 Illinois: 10,067/10,114 ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 3:19 pm
  • McHenry County Clerk still counting early, absentee votes

    It will still be several hours before early and absentee votes get counted in McHenry County. County ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 3:59 pm
  • Republicans headed for McHenry County Board sweep

    McHenry County’ eight-year experiment with two-party rule on the County Board may have come to an end Tuesday evening with the defeat of both Democrat ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 3:55 pm
  • PHOTOS: McHenry County votes in Election 2014

    Nov. 5, 2014 - 1:29 am
  • U.S. House Illinois 14th District: Randy Hultgren tops Dennis Anderson again

    For the second time in two years, incumbent U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, has defeated Democratic challenger Dennis Anderson of Gurnee in the ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 12:59 am
  • Election: Chemung Township voters overwhelmingly OK road referendum

    HARVARD – Voters in Chemung Township on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a referendum that allows road district officials to borrow $1.25 million and r ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 1:01 am
  • Election 2014: Bull Valley voters approve referendum for road repairs

    BULL VALLEY – Voters in Bull Valley on Tuesday narrowly approved a referendum that maintains their current property tax bills and helps village offici ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 1:02 am
  • McHenry County Sheriff's race: Republican Bill Prim beats Jim Harrison (with video)

    Republican Bill Prim will be sworn in as the first new McHenry County Sheriff in nearly two decades.
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 1:27 am
  • U.S. House race, Illinois 6th District: Peter Roskam wins re-election

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Republican Peter Roskam easily secured his fifth term in the U.S. House, capturing roughly 67 percent of the vote in an election night ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 1:01 am
  • Election 2014 live updates: McHenry County votes roll in

    Northwest Herald reporters and editors will be covering elections live tonight from our Crystal Lake Newsroom providing timely updates as ballot resul ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 6:36 pm
  • Election Central 2014: Live results for McHenry County, Illinois state races

    Election results will be updated live here throughout Election Night. ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 6:37 pm
  • Touch-screen voting machines fixed in most McHenry County voting locations

    McHenry County election workers have fixed the software issue in most of the touch-screen voting machines, County Clerk Katherine Schultz said.
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 6:42 pm
  • Illinois governor, McHenry County sheriff among key races in voters' hands

    Voters will decide key county and state races Tuesday – from Illinois governor and U.S. senator to who will lead the McHenry County Sheriff's Office a ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 9:05 am
  • Things to know about voting in McHenry County before Tuesday

    Voters have several options open to them if they want to vote ahead of Tuesday’s mid-term election. ...
    Nov. 1, 2014 - 11:58 pm
  • 14th District candidate making Crystal Lake stop

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Fourteenth Congressional District candidate Dennis Anderson is making a stop in town with a week to go before the Nov. 4 election.
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 12:05 am
  • McHenry County incumbents lead in campaign fundraising race

    When Steve Reick decided to get into the race for the 63rd House District in the state General Assembly, he knew he would have to raise money – a task ...
    Oct. 26, 2014 - 11:31 pm
  • Early voting, absentee ballots trending higher in McHenry County

    A push by Democrats and Republicans alike for people to vote early in Illinois is being felt in McHenry County with an uptick in early and absentee ba ...
    Oct. 25, 2014 - 11:10 pm
  • Election 2014: McHenry County voters to see some uncontested races Nov. 4

    While McHenry County voters will choose Nov. 4 who will become the next governor and the next county sheriff in two contentious races, they will have ...
    Oct. 25, 2014 - 10:28 pm
  • Bruce Rauner encourages women to get out the vote in race for Illinois governor

    LAKE IN THE HILLS – Bruce Rauner had an important message for the women gathered at the Boulder Ridge County Club Wednesday.
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 10:19 am
  • 22nd Circuit, appellate judges up for retention, election

    WOODSTOCK – Four 22nd Circuit judges, and two appellate judges are recommended for retention, according to poll results from the local Bar Association ...
    Oct. 19, 2014 - 11:34 pm
  • Early voting sites in McHenry County open today

    Early voting starts today, giving voters their chance to weigh in on a significant election, and marking the beginning of the end of a particularly na ...
    Oct. 19, 2014 - 11:33 pm
  • U.S. House race for Illinois 14th District: Randy Hultgren, Dennis Anderson divided on issues

    A Republican congressman said he is running for re-election to continue the work he’s started in Washington, D.C. His Democratic challenger seeks to c ...
    Oct. 18, 2014 - 8:16 am
  • U.S. House race for Illinois 6th District: Peter Roskam going for 5th term against Michael Mason

    Republican Peter Roskam said he wants another term in the U.S. House to continue the work he’s started to get the economy back on track. Democratic op ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 11:59 pm
  • Election Central 2014: Results for McHenry County, Illinois state races

    Welcome to your source for up-to-the-minute election results, candidate profiles, editorial questi ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 9:30 am
  • McHenry County Board District 5 race: Candidates focus on Route 47 corridor

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Improving transportation infrastructure, especially the Route 47 corridor, is the most pressing priority for the three candidates runni ...
    Oct. 13, 2014 - 11:58 pm
  • Illinois 52nd House District candidates focus on taxes, pension reform

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Voters in the Illinois 52nd House District will choose either Republican incumbent David McSweeney or Democratic challenger Robert Down ...
    Oct. 12, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • McHenry County sheriff hopefuls Jim Harrison, Bill Prim eye volunteers

    WOODSTOCK – The candidates for McHenry County sheriff are looking at residents to become more involved in the county’s largest policing agency, as eac ...
    Oct. 12, 2014 - 11:55 pm
  • McHenry County Board District 4: 2 newcomers vie with incumbent for 2 seats

    CRYSTAL LAKE – A longtime Republican incumbent and two newcomers – one Republican and one Democratic challenger – are running for two open seats on Di ...
    Oct. 13, 2014 - 10:49 am
  • McHenry County Board District 3 candidates talk taxes, UDO, roads, accountability

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Three people familiar to voters are running for two open four-year terms in District 3 of the McHenry County Board.
    Oct. 9, 2014 - 11:48 pm
  • McHenry County sheriff's candidates Bill Prim, Jim Harrison look to future of office

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The two candidates vying to become the next McHenry County sheriff have different views about the future of the office.
    Oct. 9, 2014 - 8:04 am
  • McHenry County Board District 1 race focuses on Randall Road widening project

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The proposed Randall Road widening project directly affects District 1 of the McHenry County Board because it cuts straight through it.
    Oct. 8, 2014 - 11:16 pm
  • Register to vote at McHenry Public Library on Tuesday before deadline

    McHENRY – One last chance to register to vote will be available at the McHenry Public Library on Tuesday.
    Oct. 6, 2014 - 11:43 pm
  • 63rd Illinois House District race: Jack Franks, Steven Reick disagree on state budget fixes

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Two fiscal hawks – a longtime Democratic incumbent and a Republican challenger, are vying Nov. 4 to represent the 63rd House District.
    Oct. 6, 2014 - 10:57 am
  • McHenry County Republican Party to host municipal election fair

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The McHenry County Republican Party is hoping to get people more involved in the municipal election process through an upcoming Crystal ...
    Oct. 4, 2014 - 11:22 pm
  • McHenry County Sheriff candidate calls out Republican official's criminal background

    McHenry County sheriff’s candidate Jim Harrison launched a new attack in his campaign against Republican nominee Bill Prim, taking aim at a relatively ...
    Oct. 2, 2014 - 2:31 pm
  • 64th Illinois House District candidates differ on taxes, budget

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Republican state Rep. Barbara Wheeler and Democratic challenger Joel Mains are split along party lines when it comes to allowing the 67 ...
    Oct. 1, 2014 - 9:45 am
  • In-person absentee voting at McHenry County Clerk's Office for November election begins

    WOODSTOCK – Voters who want to cast their ballots through in-person absentee voting can now do so for the Nov. 4 election, according to the McHenry Co ...
    Sept. 29, 2014 - 11:55 pm
  • Lawyer vs. lawman: A look at candidates for county sheriff

    WOODSTOCK – The race to become the first new county sheriff in 17 years can be summed up in one phrase: The lawman vs. the lawyer.
    Sept. 28, 2014 - 10:18 pm
  • Democratic 14th District hopeful Dennis Anderson sets Marengo, Huntley visits

    MARENGO – Democratic congressional candidate Dennis Anderson will soon address voters in Marengo and Huntley during his ongoing town hall tour through ...
    Sept. 26, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • 2 incumbents, 1 newcomer announce McHenry City Council candidacies

    McHENRY – At least two incumbents and a newcomer have thrown their hats in the ring for the McHenry City Council.
    Sept. 24, 2014 - 10:55 pm
  • Prairie Grove forum set for interested District 46 school board candidates

    PRAIRIE GROVE – With elections for school boards coming up in April, District 46 will be covering the ABCs of being a school board member at an upcomi ...
    Sept. 26, 2014 - 12:01 am
  • Election: 64th District state representative candidates talk jobs, education at MCC

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Jobs and the state’s massive unfunded pension liability loomed large over a state representative candidate forum Tuesday evening.
    Sept. 24, 2014 - 9:06 am
  • Election season begins in full Tuesday

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Election season will be in full swing Tuesday, when candidates for all local governmental bodies can begin to collect signatures for ca ...
    March 16, 2015 - 11:52 am
  • Half of Richmond Village Board up for grabs in April

    RICHMOND – Three trustee positions will be up at the coming April election.Petitions for candidacy f ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 11:16 pm
  • Cary election petitions available on Tuesday

    CARY – People interested in running for the Village Board may begin to pick up petitions on Tuesday, according to a news release. Three trustee seats ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 10:56 pm
  • McHenry County sheriff candidate questions opponent's judgment over former campaign manager

    The criminal record of the former campaign manager for McHenry County Sheriff candidate Bill Prim casts a pall on what he would do if elected, Prim’s ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 2:36 pm
  • Illinois U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam in Barrington visit: 'Some good stuff is going on'

    BARRINGTON – A lot of division exists in Washington, but there is reason for optimism, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., told an audience in Barrington ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 12:02 am
  • Election numbers show declining civic activity in Oakwood Hills

    OAKWOOD HILLS – Those who filled the first few rows of the standing-room-only crowds at recent Oakwood Hills public hearings account for the total amo ...
    Aug. 30, 2014 - 11:05 pm
  • Reick to start tour of 63rd District in Harvard

    HARVARD – Republican candidate Steve Reick is kicking off a town hall tour throughout the 63rd House District.
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 11:56 pm
  • Election board certifies ballot without term limits, Greens

    The Illinois State Board of Elections certified the November ballot without a constitutional amendment on term limits and without an Illinois Green Pa ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 11:44 pm
  • Democratic congressional candidate speaking in Harvard

    HARVARD – Democratic congressional candidate Dennis Anderson will stop by Harvard on Tuesday evening to hear what is on local voters' minds.
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 11:44 pm
  • Nov. 4 ballot packed with state questions

    Fans of long, drawn-out novels will want to make sure they vote Nov. 4.The Illinois ballot will star ...
    Aug. 16, 2014 - 11:49 pm
  • Candidate résumé lists elected office not yet won

    An online résumé for McHenry County Board candidate Don Kopsell lists that he has held a County Board seat since March.
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 12:01 am
  • McHenry County Board committee nixes slew of advisory referendums

    WOODSTOCK – Three advisory referendums proposed by a local state lawmaker and a longtime anti-township activist were squashed by a McHenry County Boar ...
    July 11, 2014 - 12:09 am
  • No challenges to Harrison's election bid for sheriff

    WOODSTOCK – The deadline to challenge Jim Harrison’s candidacy for McHenry County sheriff came and went with no objections filed.
    June 30, 2014 - 11:46 pm
  • Summers in governor’s race

    Harvard attorney Scott Summers is one of several third-party candidates who have filed to run for Illinois governor.
    June 26, 2014 - 11:54 pm
  • Harrison nets more than 9,000 signatures, eligible for ballot

    WOODSTOCK – Independent candidate for McHenry County sheriff Jim Harrison is slated to give Bill Prim a general election challenge after he filed more ...
    June 23, 2014 - 7:23 pm
  • Residents soon can register to vote online

    GENEVA – Kane County residents soon will be able to visit the State Board of Elections website and register to vote online.
    June 21, 2014 - 11:03 pm
  • Township foe asks for targeted advisory referendums

    Emboldened by Evanston voters’ decision to eliminate their township, longtime township opponent Bob Anderson sees an opening.
    June 9, 2014 - 11:40 pm
  • Franks asks county for 2 advisory referendums

    McHenry County Board members’ love-hate relationship with Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks – they love to hate him – may get more intense with his la ...
    June 6, 2014 - 12:15 am
  • Dems make downsizing County Board a campaign issue

    "Democrats for smaller government" may sound to Republicans like an oxymoron, but shrinking the size of the McHenry County Board is going to be a key ...
    May 27, 2014 - 11:57 pm
  • Zinke will not contest sheriff's election results

    WOODSTOCK – Andrew Zinke will not ask a court for a full recount of his razor-thin loss to Bill Prim in the Republican primary for McHenry County sher ...
    May 3, 2014 - 12:03 am
  • Zinke asks for partial recount of Sheriff's election results

    WOODSTOCK – Undersheriff Andy Zinke officially has asked the McHenry County clerk for a partial recount of ballots from the March 18 primary election.
    April 15, 2014 - 11:58 pm
  • Prim official winner, Zinke to ask for partial recount

    WOODSTOCK – Undersheriff Andy Zinke plans to ask for a partial recount now that the vote totals have been canvassed and certified by the County Clerk.
    April 4, 2014 - 7:18 pm
  • Primary votes should be certified this week

    WOODSTOCK – The votes from the March 18 primary election should be certified later this week, the County Clerk confirmed.
    April 2, 2014 - 11:49 am
  • Would-be GOP leaders optimistic they have enough votes to shift control in county

    Four Republicans who hope to assume control of the county GOP’s Central Committee believe they have more than enough votes to do so after Tuesday’s pr ...
    March 24, 2014 - 9:35 am
  • Zinke not bowing out against Prim; Harrison ready for November

    McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke was staying quiet on his immediate plans the day after Bill Prim took the Republican nod for McHenry County s ...
    March 19, 2014 - 11:45 pm
  • Prim declares sheriff's office victory

    It was a close race for the Republican nomination for McHenry County Sheriff, with Bill Prim coming out on top, though his opponent didn’t concede lat ...
    March 19, 2014 - 3:56 pm
  • One incumbent ousted in races for County Board

    Republican voters on Tuesday sent one McHenry County Board incumbent home.Voters in rural District 6 ...
    March 19, 2014 - 12:16 am
  • Voters to directly elect County Board chair

    Voters decided Tuesday that the power to elect the McHenry County Board chairman should rest with the public from now on.
    March 19, 2014 - 2:17 pm
  • McClellan beats Provenzano in GOP race for county clerk

    Mary McClellan inched closer to becoming the next McHenry County clerk, easily securing the Republican nomination over fellow County Board member Nick ...
    March 19, 2014 - 2:30 pm