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  • 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

    Welcome to your source for up-to-the-minute election results, candidate profiles, editorial questionnaires, video interviews and more. For more inform ...
    March 19, 2014 - 12:18 am
  • 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 - 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
  • Special meeting set on how to pick county leader

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board members have gathered enough signatures to force a special meeting to decide whether to seek an April referendum that ...
    Jan. 16, 2013 - 11:53 pm
  • County Board committee to discuss chairman election

    WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County Board committee on Monday will discuss whether voters should decide whether they want to directly elect the County Board ...
    Jan. 13, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • 2 vie for mayor of Harvard

    HARVARD – A 36-year-old Navy veteran will challenge Mayor Jay Nolan in one of two contested elections April 9 in Harvard.
    Jan. 11, 2013 - 5:30 am
  • Familiar names on Huntley ballot

    HUNTLEY – The only contested race in Huntley for the upcoming April election features many familiar faces but only one incumbent, as four candidates v ...
    Jan. 5, 2013 - 11:02 pm
  • Cary golf course question may end up on April ballot

    CARY – Cary Park District voters might see an advisory question on April’s ballot about the Chalet Hills Golf Course.
    Jan. 5, 2013 - 11:04 pm
  • Clerk to take on supervisor in Algonquin Township

    CRYSTAL LAKE – In the Feb. 26 Algonquin Township supervisor primary election, Marc Munaretto, the current township clerk, will run against the incumbe ...
    Jan. 3, 2013 - 11:03 pm
  • Centegra Huntley tops local stories of 2012

    A new hospital and the end of a longtime mental health provider top the Northwest Herald’s list of most newsworthy local events of 2012.
    Dec. 29, 2012 - 10:29 pm
  • Nine making bid for MCC board

    By CHELSEA McDOUGALL - CRYSTAL LAKE – It will be a nine-way race for three ...
    Dec. 27, 2012 - 11:01 am
  • Timing tight for County Board chairman referendum

    WOODSTOCK – One of new McHenry County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill’s first priorities is to discuss a referendum to make her office elected by the peopl ...
    Dec. 22, 2012 - 11:12 pm
  • Two newcomers seek MCC seats

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Of three open seats on the McHenry County College Board of Trustees, one incumbent and two newcomers have filed for the April election. ...
    Dec. 17, 2012 - 11:56 pm
  • New chairwoman Hill faces a mountain of work

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill sat Thursday in her new office, decidedly Spartan compared with that of her eight-year predecess ...
    Dec. 15, 2012 - 11:51 pm
  • McHenry County shakes up committees

    WOODSTOCK – Changes in the McHenry County Board’s leadership will extend far beyond the election of a new chairwoman.
    Dec. 15, 2012 - 1:27 pm
  • County committee deciding who will do what

    WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board chairman after every November election convenes an aptly named Committee on Committees to assign the board’s 24 m ...
    Dec. 12, 2012 - 7:04 am
  • State extends April filing period

    The candidate filing period for the April local election has been extended.Gov. Pat Quinn this month ...
    Dec. 8, 2012 - 10:53 pm
  • Hill replaces Koehler as County Board chairman

    WOODSTOCK – A new McHenry County Board with the largest freshman class in decades ended the eight-year reign of Chairman Ken Koehler on Monday morning ...
    Dec. 3, 2012 - 11:36 pm
  • Board members draw numbers to restagger terms

    WOODSTOCK – Twelve “lucky” members of the newly elected McHenry County Board will have to run again in 2014.
    Dec. 3, 2012 - 11:27 pm
  • Tina Hill selected as County Board chairman

    WOODSTOCK – Ken Koehler's eight-year reign as McHenry County Board Chairman ended Monday morning. T ...
    Dec. 3, 2012 - 2:23 pm
  • Mayor, council spots are uncontested in Woodstock

    WOODSTOCK – Four positions up for election. Only four petitions filed. Woodstock won’t see a contest ...
    Dec. 1, 2012 - 11:58 pm
  • Grafton candidate puzzled by residency questions

    HUNTLEY – A challenger for Grafton Township assessor found himself fending off questions from voters about his campaign and township residency weeks b ...
    Dec. 1, 2012 - 11:57 pm
  • Crystal Lake City Council fills Schofield's seat

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The City Council appointed Cameron Hubbard to fill a seat left vacant after a councilwoman was elected to the County Board.
    Nov. 21, 2012 - 11:14 pm
  • Post-election, coroner is only countywide newcomer

    WOODSTOCK – Regardless of what happened at the polls Nov. 6, six candidates knew they would step into a countywide job because they ran unopposed.
    Nov. 12, 2012 - 4:17 pm
  • Crystal Lake council minus one – Schofield elected to County Board

    CRYSTAL LAKE – There is a vacancy on the Crystal Lake City Council after first-term council member Carolyn Schofield was elected Tuesday to the McHenr ...
    Nov. 8, 2012 - 10:45 pm
  • Statehouse Democratic 
through and through

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Barbara Wheeler spent Wednesday morning – the day after she won her bid for the Statehouse – picking up her campaign signs.
    Nov. 7, 2012 - 11:11 pm
  • Republicans grab Kane County spots

    Contested Kane County races for County Board chairman, coroner, circuit clerk and recorder went to Republicans.
    Nov. 7, 2012 - 1:25 am
  • Voters choose ‘yes’ to retain 3 judges in McHenry County

    Three judges will keep their posts in a retention-only election in McHenry County’s 22nd Judicial Circuit.
    Nov. 7, 2012 - 1:10 am
  • Incumbent Hultgren victorious

    U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, was elected to a second term Tuesday, holding off Democratic challenger Dennis Anderson.
    Nov. 7, 2012 - 1:21 am
  • County executive push fails overwhelmingly

    Voters on Tuesday resoundingly said no thanks to a referendum to change the McHenry County Board to an executive form of government.
    Nov. 7, 2012 - 1:55 am
  • McSweeney tops Independent Beaubien

    Republican David McSweeney beat his Independent challenger, Dee Beaubien, to win the 52nd House District.
    Nov. 7, 2012 - 2:15 am
  • A few close races for McHenry County Board seats

    While McHenry County continues to count absentee ballots, results from Tuesday’s election indicate that two incumbents on the McHenry County Board cou ...
    Nov. 7, 2012 - 11:13 am
  • Our view: Don’t forget to vote today

    Today is Election Day. It’s a day when all Americans 18 years of age and older should celebrate the ...
    Nov. 6, 2012 - 12:34 pm
  • Our View: Endorsement roundup

    Tuesday is Election Day. Today, we reprint a list of the Northwest Herald Editorial Board’s recommendations in contested races that McHenry County vot ...
    Nov. 2, 2012 - 3:22 pm
  • Our view: Importance of your vote

    It’s every adult American’s right and duty to vote. It’s a cornerstone of our society that we be led by a government of the people, by the people, and ...
    Nov. 2, 2012 - 2:36 pm
  • Our view: Importance of your vote

    It’s every adult American’s right and duty to vote. It’s a cornerstone of our society that we be led by a government of the people, by the people, and ...
    Nov. 2, 2012 - 11:15 pm
  • Agencies want to ask county voters for tax to help disabled

    WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board will decide later this month whether to put a tax increase referendum on the April ballot to help residents with ...
    Nov. 3, 2012 - 4:09 pm
  • April 2013 tax referendum pushed to County Board

    WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board will decide whether to place a property tax increase referendum that aims to help residents with developmental di ...
    Nov. 2, 2012 - 1:00 pm
  • Referendums crowd local ballots

    A number of referendums are further crowding an already packed ballot.McHenry County voters face thr ...
    Oct. 29, 2012 - 12:14 am
  • Three McHenry County judges up for retention

    WOODSTOCK – Voters will be asked on Election Day whether they want to retain three McHenry County judges.
    Oct. 27, 2012 - 11:41 pm
  • Will county dodge another special prosecutor?

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County leaders applauded a state law enacted in August aimed at reining in the appointment and cost of special prosecutors.
    Oct. 27, 2012 - 11:54 pm
  • Kane County reminds about election dates

    GENEVA – Kane County Clerk John A. Cunningham is reminding Kane County residents of the following dates for the 2012 General Election.
    Oct. 25, 2012 - 11:40 pm
  • Many one-horse races in McHenry County

    McHenry County voters have many important choices to make about who will represent them in Washington and Woodstock.
    Oct. 26, 2012 - 12:01 am
  • Our view: Busy start to early voting

    Expanded options provided to voters in recent years are a good thing. Decades ago, the only option w ...
    Oct. 24, 2012 - 5:39 pm
  • Petition packets available for Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District

    HEBRON – The Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District has petition packets for two trustees for six-year terms available for pickup.
    Oct. 24, 2012 - 11:43 pm
  • Our view: Countywide referendums on ballot

    In addition to the county executive referendum, voters countywide will see two additional referendums on their Nov. 6 ballot.
    Oct. 24, 2012 - 9:13 am
  • Howland vs. Duffy in McHenry County's only contested district

    Voters in the 26th Senate District on Nov. 6 will weigh in on the only contested Illinois Senate race in McHenry County.
    Oct. 24, 2012 - 12:08 am
  • Election field full in rural District 6

    Voters in McHenry County Board District 6 might want to take a scorecard into the voting booth. Eigh ...
    Oct. 22, 2012 - 11:53 pm
  • County executive referendum: No

    A referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot asks McHenry County voters to fundamentally change how our county government works.
    Oct. 19, 2012 - 5:11 pm
  • 6 vie for open seats in District 5 race

    Voters in McHenry County Board District 5 have six candidates to choose from three parties for four open seats.
    Oct. 19, 2012 - 10:37 pm
  • Five candidates run for 4 open District 4 seats

    Four Republicans and one Democratic candidate are running for District 4 of the McHenry County Board.
    Oct. 18, 2012 - 11:53 pm
  • MCB District 5: Skala, Hill, Jung, Yensen

    Six candidates seek election in McHenry County Board District 5, which includes most of Woodstock, all of Dorr Township, and a portion of Grafton Town ...
    Oct. 17, 2012 - 3:54 pm
  • MCB District 6: McCann, Summers, Schuster, Evertsen

    Eight candidates are running for four open seats on the McHenry County Board from District 6, which covers the western, mostly rural part of the count ...
    Oct. 17, 2012 - 3:48 pm
  • Franks, Tryon debate wisdom of executive form for county

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Two state representatives who normally work very well together were at loggerheads at a Wednesday night forum over a referendum to chan ...
    Oct. 18, 2012 - 11:28 pm
  • MCB District 3: Bergan Schmidt, 
Gottemoller, McClellan, Provenzano

    Five candidates – four Republicans and one Democrat – are running for four open seats on the McHenry County Board from District 3.
    Oct. 16, 2012 - 7:11 pm
  • MCB District 4: Martens, Draffkorn, Maule, Salgado

    Five candidates – four Republicans and one Democrat – are seeking four seats in McHenry County Board District 4, which covers the northeastern portion ...
    Oct. 16, 2012 - 7:12 pm
  • MCB District 1: Barnes, Chirikos, 
Miller, Nowak

    Five candidates are vying for four seats in McHenry County Board District 1, which represents the far southeastern tip of McHenry County.
    Oct. 15, 2012 - 3:13 pm
  • Franks, Tryon to debate form of county government

    As another testament to the bizarre world of Illinois politics, two state representatives will debate Wednesday evening about the pros and cons of a M ...
    Oct. 16, 2012 - 12:01 am
  • MCB District 2: Heisler, Schofield, Kurtz, Koehler

    Six candidates – four Republicans and two Democrats – are running for four seats on the McHenry County Board from District 2.
    Oct. 15, 2012 - 3:15 pm
  • Four Republicans, 1 Dem seek District 3 nods in redrawn area

    Four Republicans – all but one a newcomer – and one Democratic candidate are running for District 3 of the McHenry County Board.
    Oct. 13, 2012 - 11:52 pm
  • Plaza: No fourth term as LITH president

    LAKE IN THE HILLS – In May, for the first time in 12 years, the village will have a new leader. Vill ...
    Oct. 9, 2012 - 11:37 pm
  • Six seeking 
4 seats in District 2

    Two Democrats and four Republicans, including the longtime board chairman, are running for District 2 of the McHenry County Board.
    Oct. 9, 2012 - 11:49 pm