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  • 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
  • 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 - 3:21 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 - 4:03 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 - 3:53 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 - 9:07 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 - 9:29 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 ...
    Sept. 20, 2014 - 11:11 pm
  • 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
  • Miller secures GOP nomination for county treasurer

    The second-in-command at the McHenry County Treasurer’s Office for the past 17 years will soon become the office’s top executive.
    March 19, 2014 - 12:05 am
  • Live blog: 2014 primary election

    Welcome to the Northwest Herald's 2014 General Primary Election live blog. We'll have updates throug ...
    March 19, 2014 - 12:08 am
  • McHenry County voters head to the polls

    CRYSTAL LAKE – While voters slowly trickled into the Crystal Lake Park District Nature Center on Tuesday morning, Howard Thorson and other election ju ...
    March 18, 2014 - 7:16 pm
  • Much at stake in Tuesday's primary

    Tuesday is the 2014 General Primary Election, and there’s much at stake in McHenry County and Illinois, including Republican nominations for McHenry C ...
    March 18, 2014 - 12:14 am
  • Nunda Township officials seeking to control contracts

    NUNDA TOWNSHIP – Nunda Township officials are looking to streamline waste collection services by asking residents to approve a referendum that would a ...
    March 13, 2014 - 12:35 am
  • Woman named in lawsuit never served Zinke with subpoena

    Sondra Matterness called the Northwest Herald on Wednesday to clear up her involvement in a lawsuit filed on her behalf against sheriff candidate Andr ...
    March 13, 2014 - 12:24 am
  • Zinke, Prim at odds over pension

    WOODSTOCK – Public pensions have taken center stage in the election for McHenry County Sheriff as election day looms.
    March 12, 2014 - 5:51 pm
  • Bill Prim supporters take aim at Andrew Zinke

    Supporters of McHenry County sheriff's candidate Bill Prim have thrown a one-two electoral punch at opponent Andrew Zinke in the days leading up to th ...
    March 12, 2014 - 5:53 pm
  • Kane County sheriff, clerk candidates field questions at forum

    ST. CHARLES – The Republican candidates running for two Kane County offices – clerk and sheriff – fielded questions from the public Tuesday night duri ...
    March 5, 2014 - 12:21 am
  • Ballots can be cast in advance Monday through March 15

    And so it begins. The two-week early voting period before the March 18 primary begins Monday at 10 l ...
    March 3, 2014 - 6:53 am
  • County Board District 6 candidates sound off on taxes, land issues

    Two Republican incumbents and a challenger, all three of whom want to defend its agriculture and open space, are running for two open seats for McHenr ...
    March 1, 2014 - 10:17 pm
  • Candidates for McHenry County sheriff exchange barbs during debate

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The gloves came off Tuesday night when the candidates vying to be the next sheriff of McHenry County squared off in a debate.
    March 12, 2014 - 5:54 pm
  • Craver: One small column, one big March primary

    So much political hay to cut before the March 18 primary, and only one column in which to do it.A gu ...
    Feb. 22, 2014 - 11:10 pm
  • Candidates’ forums coming up

    Voters wanting to do their homework in the weeks before the March 18 primary can hear from the candidates running in seven races.
    Feb. 22, 2014 - 11:08 pm
  • Three vie for GOP primary in County Board District 5

    One incumbent and two challengers – one of whom is famous for his legal duels with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office – are running for two open seat ...
    Feb. 22, 2014 - 10:01 pm
  • Taxpayer group urges voters to reject local referenda

    A Chicago-based taxpayer group with a national reach is working to defeat two referenda in Huntley and Johnsburg that the group’s president says enric ...
    Feb. 21, 2014 - 11:53 pm
  • Disabilities ballot question seeks support for services in Kane County

    Kane County voters will be asked to support a property tax increase of 0.1 percent on the March 18 primary ballot to fund services for people with dev ...
    Feb. 20, 2014 - 10:58 pm
  • Last day to register to vote in Illinois primaries

    CHICAGO – Any Illinoisan who's not registered to vote had better hurry if they want to cast a ballot in the March 18 primary elections.
    Feb. 18, 2014 - 8:49 am
  • Two Democrats face off in 14th Congressional primary

    The two Democratic hopefuls in the 14th Congressional District primary include a first-timer and a repeat contender.
    Feb. 17, 2014 - 11:39 pm
  • Leadership shakeup for county GOP?

    WOODSTOCK – An energized and highly-motivated faction of the McHenry County Republican Party has its eyes on more than Nov. 6 midterm election victori ...
    Feb. 15, 2014 - 11:49 pm
  • Four running for GOP nod in County Board District 3

    Four Republican candidates with varying degrees of government experience are running for two open seats in District 3 of the McHenry County Board.
    Feb. 15, 2014 - 10:33 pm
  • McHenry County sheriff's candidates differ on budget

    WOODSTOCK – Candidates for the next Sheriff of McHenry County are at odds over the Office's budget – with one candidate calling its finances balloonin ...
    March 12, 2014 - 5:55 pm
  • Election Central 2014

    Nov. 5, 2014 - 2:37 pm
  • Three running for GOP nod

    Three Republican candidates with decidedly different skill sets and backgrounds are seeking two open seats in District 1 of the McHenry County Board.
    Feb. 8, 2014 - 10:36 pm
  • Sheriff candidate Prim wants to bring ‘fresh set of eyes’ to office

    WOODSTOCK – Last week in this space, the Northwest Herald outlined the initiatives of Andrew Zinke, one of two lawmen vying to be the next sheriff of ...
    Feb. 14, 2014 - 8:48 pm
  • Deadlines looming for March primary election voters

    One window of time is opening – and another closing – for people who want to vote in the March 18 primary.
    Feb. 8, 2014 - 12:02 am
  • McHenry County clerk candidates discuss ways to modernize office

    Two McHenry County Board members – one newly elected, another a veteran incumbent – are looking to become the next county clerk.
    Feb. 7, 2014 - 12:08 am
  • House Republicans seek to end lame-duck sessions

    Illinois lawmakers have a politically enviable tradition when it comes to unpopular decisions – make them in the lame-duck session after the November ...
    Feb. 5, 2014 - 11:49 pm
  • Sheriff’s candidate fights heroin, urges partnerships

    As voters in McHenry County prepare to decide a slew of contested races, no local race will generate as much attention, based on the mudslinging, as t ...
    Feb. 14, 2014 - 8:47 pm
  • Two candidates running for GOP county treasurer nod

    Republican voters will have two McHenry County treasurer candidates with similar strengths to choose from in the March 18 primary.
    Jan. 31, 2014 - 10:55 am
  • Johnsburg garage fire causes $6,000 in damage

    JOHNSBURG - No one was injured in a fire that started in the garage of a Johnsburg home. The McHenry ...
    Jan. 26, 2014 - 8:51 am
  • McHenry County Board election referendum on ballot

    A years-long political battle over whether voters should get to elect the chairman of the McHenry County Board will come to a head on the March 18 pri ...
    Jan. 25, 2014 - 11:32 am
  • Andrew Zinke rejects debate with Bill Prim in sheriff's race

    WOODSTOCK – A sheriff candidate is lashing out at his opponent for declining an invitation to participate in a political debate.
    Dec. 30, 2013 - 11:54 pm
  • Endorsements made in GOP race

    In Republican gubernatorial primaries, wooing over GOP strongholds like McHenry and DuPage counties is like owning Boardwalk and Park Place on a Monop ...
    Dec. 13, 2013 - 11:57 pm
  • March primary races shape up

    The filing period for the March 18 primary ended Monday with the setting up of a slew of races for county Republican voters to decide.
    Dec. 3, 2013 - 12:12 am
  • Filing period for March primary approaches

    The four-day window that local candidates have to file their petitions for the March 18 primary opens at the end of the month.
    Nov. 13, 2013 - 11:22 pm
  • Pension reform casts large shadow on veto session

    For the umpteenth time, the General Assembly returns to session with the state’s worst-in-the-nation unfunded pension liability looming large.
    Oct. 21, 2013 - 11:57 pm
  • Another candidate joins GOP primary race in western county

    A former independent candidate will make the McHenry County Board’s rural western district a contested Republican primary race.
    Oct. 19, 2013 - 11:52 pm
  • More enter ’14 County Board races

    The Republican primary ballot for McHenry County Board District 3 could end up being a five-way race for two open seats.
    Oct. 5, 2013 - 11:57 pm
  • New McHenry County Board candidates mean another contested GOP primary

    A second McHenry County Board district is on track to have a contested Republican primary. District ...
    Sept. 27, 2013 - 11:50 pm
  • More petitions drawn for McHenry County offices in March elections

    WOODSTOCK – At least one McHenry County Board district is on track to have a contested GOP primary, despite losing an incumbent who decided to run for ...
    Sept. 14, 2013 - 11:06 pm
  • Two more candidates mean three-way McHenry County Clerk primary

    Two more candidates for McHenry County Clerk now mean a three-way GOP March primary.County Board mem ...
    Sept. 9, 2013 - 10:29 pm
  • McHenry County candidates start petitions for March primary

    WOODSTOCK – Candidates for McHenry County offices are off to the races in the first week that they were allowed to circulate petitions for the March p ...
    Sept. 8, 2013 - 11:42 pm
  • Crystal Lake City Council member Jeff Thorsen running for county treasurer

    Crystal Lake City Council member Jeffrey Thorsen announced his candidacy Thursday for McHenry County treasurer, making for a second contested GOP prim ...
    Sept. 5, 2013 - 11:17 pm
  • Hultgren campaign fined by FEC for underreporting 2010 income

    WOODSTOCK – The Federal Elections Commission slapped U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren's campaign with a $2,500 fine for failing to report more than $83,000 fr ...
    Aug. 27, 2013 - 11:53 pm
  • Zinke withdraws complaint against local blogger

    WOODSTOCK – The attorney for Undersheriff Andy Zinke is withdrawing his client's ethics counter-complaint against blogger Cal Skinner – a complaint he ...
    Aug. 28, 2013 - 3:07 pm
  • Filings draw lines in Ethics Commission complaint

    WOODSTOCK – A commission whose handling of an ethics complaint against Undersheriff Andrew Zinke is being questioned will hear Zinke’s complaint next ...
    Aug. 24, 2013 - 12:07 am
  • McHenry County Board approves referendum for direct chairman election

    WOODSTOCK – Voters will get to decide next year whether they want to elect the McHenry County Board chairman.
    Jan. 25, 2014 - 11:32 am
  • Committee advances referendum for two-year McHenry County Board chairman terms

    WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County Board committee decided that four years is too long a term for a popularly-elected board chairman.
    Aug. 12, 2013 - 11:23 pm
  • GOP candidate enters ring against Jack Franks

    A tax lawyer could present state Rep. Jack Franks with his first GOP election challenger since 2010.
    July 22, 2013 - 11:40 pm
  • Ethics commission to hear complaint against undersheriff

    The McHenry County Ethics Commission is scheduled to meet next Thursday to hear a complaint alleging an email from Undersheriff Andy Zinke regarding a ...
    July 18, 2013 - 11:00 pm
  • Deputy county treasurer announces candidacy for 2014 race

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Treasurer Bill LeFew's longtime chief deputy announced her candidacy to succeed him.
    July 11, 2013 - 5:52 pm
  • Sheriff's candidate blasts opponent over police arbitration ruling

    McHenry County sheriff candidate Jim Harrison has accused an opponent of being lax in his former supervisory role at the Des Plaines Police Department ...
    July 9, 2013 - 11:46 pm
  • Treasurer Bill LeFew not seeking re-election

    Longtime McHenry County Treasurer Bill LeFew is calling it quits after his term expires next year, possibly setting the stage for a second contested R ...
    July 8, 2013 - 11:34 pm
  • Drug charge didn’t hurt challenger in Hebron race

    HEBRON – In the closing minutes of his final meeting as village president, Frank Beatty turned the attention to a man sitting in the chair nearest the ...
    April 21, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • Algonquin-LITH fire district to see 2 new board members

    Voters in the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District split their ballots Tuesday by electing two people from one slate of candidates and ...
    April 10, 2013 - 11:44 pm
  • Tax, aggregation referendums fail countywide

    McHenry County voters were not in the mood Tuesday to give government more money or more authority.C ...
    April 10, 2013 - 12:23 am
  • Crystal Lake City Council incumbents keep seats

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Three incumbents will return to their seats on the City Council. Longtime council mem ...
    April 10, 2013 - 12:20 am
  • Mulcahy wins presidency

    LAKE IN THE HILLS – Village Trustee Paul Mulcahy will become the new village leader in May.According ...
    April 10, 2013 - 12:06 am
  • Nolan wins tight race in Harvard

    HARVARD – A tight mayoral battle in Harvard eventually went the way of incumbent Jay Nolan on Tuesday night.
    April 10, 2013 - 12:01 am
  • Former mayor wins in Island Lake

    ISLAND LAKE – Despite nearly getting kicked off the ballot, Island Lake mayoral candidate Charles Amrich won Tuesday evening.
    April 10, 2013 - 12:02 am
  • McLaughlin wins Barrington Hills presidency

    BARRINGTON HILLS – The village will have a new village president, according to unofficial results from Tuesday night.
    April 9, 2013 - 11:53 pm
  • Incumbents re-elected in Algonquin

    ALGONQUIN –The Village Board is set to remain the same after Tuesday's election, according to unofficial results from McHenry and Kane counties.
    April 9, 2013 - 11:47 pm
  • Low earns 3rd term in McHenry

    McHENRY – In McHenry's first contested mayoral election in more than 15 years, incumbent Sue Low defeated former Mayor Steve Cuda.
    April 10, 2013 - 10:04 am
  • Johnsburg village president incumbent wins

    JOHNSBURG – Maggie Haney isn't done challenging the status quo in Johnsburg, but she is done in her recent bid for village president.
    April 9, 2013 - 11:47 pm
  • New trustees on FRG board

    FOX RIVER GROVE – There will be two new trustees in May on the Village Board, according to unofficial vote totals from Lake and McHenry counties.
    April 10, 2013 - 12:25 am
  • Jacobson wins in Hebron despite recent arrest

    HEBRON – Hebron's next village president is a man police say had crack cocaine in his car three months ago.
    April 9, 2013 - 11:41 pm
  • Marengo aldermen lose seats

    MARENGO – The Marengo City Council has been transformed, after voters booted two incumbent aldermen from office Tuesday with another incumbent facing ...
    April 9, 2013 - 11:11 pm
  • Incumbent, newcomers win Huntley Village Board spots

    HUNTLEY – Challenger Jay Kadakia was the lone losing candidate in the race for three trustee spots on the Huntley Board on Tuesday, while newcomer Ron ...
    April 9, 2013 - 11:49 pm
  • Incumbents lose across board in Fox Lake

    FOX LAKE – All five incumbents on the ballot in Fox Lake were defeated Tuesday evening as voters swept in the party headed by village president challe ...
    April 9, 2013 - 10:59 pm
  • Kownick wins Cary village presidency

    CARY – In a sometimes heated election, Mark Kownick edged out Village Trustee Bruce Kaplan to become the next village president.
    April 10, 2013 - 10:05 am
  • Low re-elected in McHenry; Kownick wins in Cary; DD referendum rejected

    Voters re-elected McHenry Mayor Sue Low Tuesday after a contentious campaign against former mayor Steve Cuda.
    April 9, 2013 - 11:12 pm
  • Dozens of local elections hang in the balance

    Did you know today is election day? If you're a registered voter, it's likely that less than 18 percent of you will vote in the consolidated election.
    April 9, 2013 - 10:55 pm
  • Voters face referendums, local races Tuesday

    Voters on Tuesday will have choices to make – some voters more than others.Every McHenry County vote ...
    April 8, 2013 - 11:20 am
  • Six vie for three Algonquin-LITH fire district seats

    Management style and goals, and how trustees should work with firefighters, has led six candidates to vie for three seats on the Algonquin-Lake in the ...
    April 7, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • D-50 hopefuls split on levy

    HARVARD – A couple of candidates for District 50 school board support freezing the tax levy, and a few others would consider it.
    April 6, 2013 - 8:57 am
  • Cary candidates debate gambling, retail at forum

    Village president candidate Bruce Kaplan and his opponent Mark Kownick answered questions from community members Thursday at a candidate forum hosted ...
    April 5, 2013 - 10:24 am
  • Incumbent, former mayor square off in Island Lake

    By SHAWN SHINNEMAN - sshinneman@shawmedia.com ISLAND LAKE – Road improvements and a new developmen ...
    April 4, 2013 - 8:23 am
  • Boy Scouts grill FRG candidates on key issues

    FOX RIVER GROVE – Improving parking, marketing the town and talking to more potential businesses were some of the ways village trustee candidates said ...
    April 2, 2013 - 1:28 pm
  • Seven candidates vie for 4 seats on D-46 school board

    PRAIRIE GROVE – Fresh from a year of turmoil and a one-day strike, there are seven candidates running for four open spots on the District 46 school bo ...
    April 1, 2013 - 11:51 pm
  • McHenry Co. ballot asks for tax to aid disabled

    McHenry County voters will be asked April 9 to create a new taxing body to help the developmentally disabled.
    March 31, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • Superintendent, finances at center of race in District 200

    WOODSTOCK – Nearly all candidates on the April 9 ballot agree that finding a top-notch replacement for outgoing Superintendent Ellyn Wrzeski is a key ...
    March 31, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • Five seek 3 seats on Crystal Lake council

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Two newcomers are hoping to be a fresh voice on the Crystal Lake City Council, while most incumbents running for a seat are citing thei ...
    March 30, 2013 - 11:33 am
  • Transparency seminar set for officials after election

    Freshman politicians who prevail April 9 should pencil in May 2 on their calendars so they don't end up running afoul of state transparency laws.
    March 30, 2013 - 12:37 am
  • What to expect when you’re elected

    The night Ed Plaza won his first term as Lake in the Hills village president, he was excited but also concerned about who else won that night.
    March 29, 2013 - 9:36 am
  • Cary Grove Chamber to host candidates forum

    CARY – The Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce will host a free public “Meet the Candidates” event at 7 p.m. April 4 at the Cary Park District Communi ...
    March 28, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • Four vie for Huntley trustee seats

    HUNTLEY – Sun City, Huntley, resident Noel Keinath had just one lament after the Huntley village trustee candidate forum ended Monday night – that too ...
    March 26, 2013 - 8:31 am
  • Incumbent nixes Johnsburg debates

    JOHNSBURG – The incumbent village president in Johnsburg does not want to participate in a debate.Re ...
    March 23, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • MCC Board: Jenner, Smith, Walsh, Wilbeck

    When most McHenry County voters go to the polls, they'll have a choice of nine candidates for three six-year terms on the McHenry County College Board ...
    March 22, 2013 - 9:47 am
  • McHenry mayoral debate focuses on bringing in businesses

    McHENRY – The city of McHenry has been working to fill the empty storefronts and bring in new businesses, Mayor Sue Low told a crowd of 100-plus peopl ...
    March 22, 2013 - 8:42 am
  • McHenry mayoral candidates to square off tonight

    McHENRY – The McHenry County League of Women Voters will host a forum for the McHenry mayoral candidates at 7 p.m. tonight in the conference room of t ...
    March 21, 2013 - 3:06 pm
  • Village president candidate calls for debate

    JOHNSBURG – A Johnsburg village candidate is calling for a debate.Johnsburg resident Maggie Haney is ...
    March 20, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • Voters query Marengo candidates

    The candidates vying for the Marengo City Council found themselves agreeing Tuesday on the city's need to grow, while fielding multiple questions on c ...
    March 19, 2013 - 11:51 pm
  • Barrington Hills Village President: Abboud

    Two candidates are vying to be the president of the unique village of Barrington Hills, which straddles four counties.
    March 19, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • Cary Village President: Kownick

    Two candidates, who each has experience in Cary village government, are vying for village president as current Village President Tom Kierna chose not ...
    March 19, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • McHenry mayoral hopefuls to speak at forum

    McHENRY – The McHenry County League of Women Voters will host a forum for the McHenry mayoral candidates at 7 p.m. Thursday in the conference room of ...
    March 19, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • Judge: Jenner, Sivertsen can remain on MCC ballot

    WOODSTOCK – Following a court challenge, a judge ruled Monday that two candidates for seats on the McHenry County College Board can remain on the Apri ...
    March 19, 2013 - 1:12 pm
  • Candidates for MCC board also seeking other positions, raising legal questions

    WOODSTOCK – Just three weeks before election, two candidates in a hotly contested race could be kicked off the ballot.
    March 15, 2013 - 11:15 pm
  • Candidate forum planned in Marengo

    MARENGO – The Marengo-Union Chamber of Commerce will conduct a candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of Marengo High School, 110 Fran ...
    March 15, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • Crystal Lake council hopefuls face off

    The candidates running for Crystal Lake City Council had the opportunity to face off Thursday at a League of Women Voters-sponsored candidate forum. F ...
    March 15, 2013 - 7:21 am
  • CL council candidate forum tonight

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Candidates running for a seat on the Crystal Lake City Council will discuss the issues tonight. 
    March 14, 2013 - 1:50 pm
  • Algonquin Village Board candidates share their views

    ALGONQUIN – Three current trustees and one newcomer shared their views on the village as they compete for the three board seats up for grabs.
    March 14, 2013 - 8:54 am
  • Appeal could affect Island Lake ballots

    ISLAND LAKE – Electoral uncertainty reigns in Island Lake as the political saga involving the race for village board president drags on, with weeks le ...
    March 14, 2013 - 8:10 am
  • Lyons: Local elections more important than you think

    If the number of people who complain about their towns, school districts or other local governmental units were equal to the number of people who actu ...
    March 14, 2013 - 8:59 am
  • Algonquin residents can meet candidates at forum tonight

    ALGONQUIN – The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce invites Algonquin residents to meet candidates seeking to serve a term as village trus ...
    March 13, 2013 - 11:08 am
  • Voter registration available at MCC event

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The McHenry County League of Women Voters is providing citizens the opportunity to register to vote in time for the upcoming April 9 sp ...
    March 12, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • Candidate retaliating over lawsuit, village president says in news release

    JOHNSBURG – A news release issued Friday was “malicious” and a “misuse of village media,” a Johnsburg trustee said.
    March 12, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • Cary candidates differ on economic tactics

    CARY – The race to succeed Tom Kierna as Cary’s village president features a current trustee and a former trustee.
    Feb. 28, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • Voter registration available at MCC events

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Many important local elections are heating up throughout the county with townships, cities, school boards and the McHenry County Colleg ...
    Feb. 28, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • League of Women Voters sponsors candidate forum

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Two important elections will take place April 9. Voters will choose from candidates running for McHenry County College Board of Trustee ...
    March 7, 2013 - 1:52 pm
  • Write-ins file for library and school board positions

    SPRING GROVE – Two Spring Grove candidates have filed as write-in candidates for area governing boards.
    March 7, 2013 - 1:54 pm
  • Algonquin Township has races for supervisor, clerk and trustee

    McHenry County’s most populous township also is the one with the largest number of candidates running in Tuesday’s primary election.
    Feb. 24, 2013 - 9:45 am
  • Walsh vows to sue over Chicago paper's child-support story

    Former tea party U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh said he will sue the Chicago Sun-Times over a story that said he is trying to end his child-support obligations.
    Feb. 12, 2013 - 11:36 pm
  • Lakemoor trustee off ballot, board decides

    LAKEMOOR – Trustee Kimberly Beach was one signature shy of the number required on the nominating petition and her name will not be on the April ballo ...
    Feb. 4, 2013 - 11:22 pm
  • A review, then how to choose chairman

    WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board will review its rules before it looks into a referendum to popularly elect its chairman.
    Jan. 29, 2013 - 11:09 am
  • Shakeup in Nunda creates contested races

    CRYSTAL LAKE – A shakeup within Nunda Township government has sparked three contested races next month.
    Jan. 27, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • Challenge of candidates in Island Lake goes on

    ISLAND LAKE – Residents vented their frustrations with the village’s electoral board during a Thursday hearing to determine whether two candidates for ...
    Jan. 24, 2013 - 11:13 pm
  • Mental Health Board’s way at stake

    WOODSTOCK – The fact that 15 people have applied for four open seats on the McHenry County Mental Health Board is no coincidence to its critics.
    Jan. 30, 2013 - 9:59 am