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  • McHenry County committee advances proposed anti-corruption advisory referendum question

    WOODSTOCK – An advisory referendum to gauge voter support for anti-corruption laws that would take money out of politics got a nudge forward Monday.
    July 26, 2016 - 12:16 am
  • Crystal Lake library makes its case for need to replace building

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The 3-foot-deep pile of books and DVDs waiting for Crystal Lake Public Library employees on Monday gives a mute but strong rebuttal to ...
    July 26, 2016 - 12:12 am
  • McHenry County Board committee to mull advisory anti-corruption referendum

    WOODSTOCK – The persistence of a local political activist might result in a countywide advisory referendum aimed at curbing the influence of money in ...
    July 24, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Democratic Party picks replacement McHenry County state's attorney candidate

    The Democratic Party of McHenry County nominated a Woodstock DUI lawyer to run for state's attorney a day after their first pick withdrew from the rac ...
    July 21, 2016 - 12:46 am
  • Crystal Lake City Council OKs referendum to ask voters if they want to build a new library

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The city’s voters will be asked in November whether the city should borrow $30.1 million to build a new library.
    July 20, 2016 - 11:53 pm
  • James Harrison drops Democratic bid for McHenry County state's attorney

    Democratic McHenry County state's attorney candidate James Harrison withdrew from the race, prompting the party to scramble to find a replacement.
    July 19, 2016 - 11:43 pm
  • Crystal Lake voters may be asked if city should build new $30.1 million public library

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Voters may be asked Nov. 8 whether the city should borrow $30.1 million for a new public library.
    July 19, 2016 - 12:49 am
  • Democratic Party set to appoint replacement candidate for 63rd House

    WOODSTOCK – The Democratic Party of McHenry County will meet Saturday morning to elect a replacement candidate for 63rd Illinois House Rep. Jack Frank ...
    July 8, 2016 - 11:26 pm
  • Democratic Party finds McHenry County Board candidate to replace one who withdrew

    A Democratic candidate for McHenry County Board had to withdraw from the race, prompting the party to find a replacement.
    July 7, 2016 - 12:13 am
  • Attorneys want McHenry County State's Attorney candidate's suit against letter writer dismissed

    Attorneys for an 81-year-old Marengo woman sued by the Democratic candidate for McHenry County State’s Attorney over a letter to the editor she wrote ...
    June 28, 2016 - 12:21 am
  • Party leaders weigh in on a Walkup/Franks board chairman race

    Two political known quantities are running for a race in uncharted territory – the first-ever race for a popularly elected McHenry County Board chairm ...
    June 25, 2016 - 11:56 pm
  • State Rep. Jack Franks set to withdraw from Illinois House race to make way for replacement

    State Rep. Jack Franks officially will file to withdraw from the 63rd Illinois House race in the next several weeks, Democratic officials said, starti ...
    June 27, 2016 - 12:58 pm
  • Editor's Desk: Election letter campaigns have already started

    With the November election still more than four months away, it seems a bit early for the letter-writing campaigns to be under way.
    June 20, 2016 - 12:31 am
  • McHenry County Board approves advisory question to shrink its size

    WOODSTOCK – An advisory referendum question that McHenry County Board members said will be obvious for voters – whether the board should shrink from 2 ...
    June 8, 2016 - 12:21 am
  • McHenry County Board will vote on advisory referendum to shrink its size

    WOODSTOCK – One of the items on Tuesday’s agenda of the McHenry County Board is asking voters whether they want fewer board members making such decisi ...
    June 7, 2016 - 12:50 am
  • Bill to ban holding both chairman, county board seat passes House

    A bill that would prevent a candidate from simultaneously holding a county board seat and the elected chairmanship – inspired by the first-ever race f ...
    June 2, 2016 - 12:56 am
  • Democratic McHenry County state's attorney candidate sues letter writer for defamation

    The Democratic candidate for McHenry County state’s attorney is suing a Marengo senior citizen for defamation for a letter to the editor she wrote ear ...
    May 26, 2016 - 1:28 am
  • GOP candidate: Jack Franks' departure from Illinois House race improves odds

    The decision by state Rep. Jack Franks to run for McHenry County Board chairman rather than re-election to his Illinois House seat makes the seat prim ...
    May 18, 2016 - 12:23 am
  • From the Editor's Desk: McHenry County to see new House representatives

    The ripple effects of state Rep. Jack Franks’ decision to run for chairman of the McHenry County Board instead of another term in the General Assembly ...
    May 16, 2016 - 11:44 pm
  • McHenry County Clerk looking for election judges

    The McHenry County Clerk’s Office needs election judges to work the Nov. 8 presidential election. E ...
    May 16, 2016 - 1:44 pm
  • Jack Franks announces McHenry County Board chairman run

    Ending months of speculation, Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks announced his candidacy for McHenry County Board Chairman, setting up what is sure to ...
    May 15, 2016 - 2:32 pm
  • Democrats will field a candidate for McHenry County Board chairman

    The Democratic Party of McHenry County will be slating a candidate to run for County Board chairman.
    May 12, 2016 - 12:55 am
  • Get McHenry County news first: Sign up for text alerts

    Get McHenry County news anywhere you go with free text alerts from the Northwest Herald. Sign up for breaking, prep sports, community and school news ...
    July 23, 2016 - 12:30 am
  • State Rep. Jack Franks' redistricting overhaul clears Illinois House

    SPRINGFIELD – A plan to change how legislative districts are drawn in Illinois has cleared the state House.
    May 4, 2016 - 10:19 am
  • Woodstock lawyer touts experience in McHenry County State's Attorney race

    Woodstock-based attorney Jim Harrison says his "vast and wide" experience is what sets he and his opponent apart in the race for McHenry County state' ...
    April 29, 2016 - 5:34 pm
  • Advisory referendum to shrink size of McHenry County Board advances

    WOODSTOCK – A nonbinding question asking voters if they would like to shrink the size of the McHenry County Board is again on the move toward placemen ...
    April 26, 2016 - 12:06 am
  • McHenry County Democratic Party hopeful about local November wins

    Same as the Chicago Cubs, the Democratic Party of McHenry County is thinking that this is going to be their year.
    April 24, 2016 - 12:39 am
  • Illinois elections board IDs McHenry County 2016 primary problems

    The issues that plagued the March 15 primary in McHenry County might have led to some eligible voters not casting their ballots, according to the Illi ...
    April 22, 2016 - 9:55 am
  • DOCUMENT: Illinois elections board findings on McHenry County's 2016 primary

    Kenneth R. Menzel, general counsel to the State Board of Election of Illinois, released his findings on the March 15, 2016, primary in McHenry County.
    April 22, 2016 - 12:43 am
  • Democrats tap candidate for 32nd Senate District

    Democrats picked a challenger Sunday to face Republican incumbent Pamela Althoff for the 32nd Senate District.
    April 18, 2016 - 12:26 am
  • Democratic Party of McHenry County chooses candidates for several local races

    The Democratic Party of McHenry County chose candidates for two McHenry County Board districts, McHenry County Recorder and McHenry County State's Att ...
    April 17, 2016 - 11:51 am
  • McHenry County Republican, Democratic parties keep leaders ahead of 2016 election

    With a presidential election looming in less than seven months, Republican and Democratic officials in McHenry County kept their leaderships in place.
    April 14, 2016 - 5:56 pm
  • Illinois Board of Elections' report on McHenry County primary problems likely coming in May

    Staff from the Illinois State Board of Elections will most likely report by May on the problems that plagued the March 15 primary in McHenry County.
    March 28, 2016 - 11:50 pm
  • McHenry County voters send establishment a message in Illinois primary

    McHenry County Republican voters sent the local party establishment a message in last week’s primary.
    March 25, 2016 - 11:43 pm
  • State Board of Elections rules on McHenry Times, Liberty Principles complaint

    The Illinois State Board of Elections has decided not to formally discipline the political action committee responsible for the McHenry Times based on ...
    March 25, 2016 - 1:09 am
  • Patrick Kenneally looks forward after winning McHenry County State's Attorney primary

    WOODSTOCK – Patrick Kenneally knows firsthand that there’s still work to be done in the McHenry County criminal justice system.
    March 21, 2016 - 12:25 am
  • State election board looking into McHenry County primary problems

    The Illinois State Board of Elections at the behest of a state lawmaker is looking into the problems that plagued Tuesday’s primary.
    March 18, 2016 - 11:42 pm
  • McHenry County clerk addresses Election Day software, communication problems

    After polls were kept open an hour and a half later because of technical issues Tuesday, McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan said in a news release th ...
    March 18, 2016 - 12:26 am
  • Illinois primary: Candidates hold leads in updated McHenry County vote totals

    Several Republican candidates in close Tuesday primary races are holding their leads with the counting of vote-by-mail and early-voting paper ballots ...
    March 18, 2016 - 12:26 am
  • Illinois Sen. Dan Duffy to step down early to lead nonprofit

    State Sen. Dan Duffy will step down next month to lead a national advocacy group fighting child abuse and neglect, possibly paving the way for the win ...
    March 18, 2016 - 12:27 am
  • DOCUMENT: Unofficial McHenry County election results from 2016 Illinois primary

    Unofficial election results from 2016 Illinois primary in McHenry County. ...
    March 16, 2016 - 11:23 pm
  • Dan McConchie leads close 26th Illinois Senate race, not declaring victory yet

    Though he was leading a tight three-way race in the 26th Illinois Senate District Republican primary, Dan McConchie was not ready to declare victory o ...
    March 16, 2016 - 2:26 pm
  • At least 2 McHenry County Board incumbents lose seats in primary

    At least two incumbents – Anna May Miller of Cary and Sue Draffkorn of Wonder Lake – lost their seats in the McHenry County Board race, according to u ...
    March 16, 2016 - 11:26 pm
  • Joe Tirio still leads McHenry County recorder race

    Republican Joe Tirio has held his lead for McHenry County recorder as of Wednesday when all but the by-mail and extended voting period votes were in.
    March 16, 2016 - 11:26 pm
  • McHenry County primary election: 'Worst-managed' in decades or isolated problems?

    One of the biggest stories to come out of Tuesday’s election in McHenry County was the systemic problems with the voting process. The cascade of issue ...
    March 17, 2016 - 2:04 pm
  • Johnsburg sales tax passes with 57 percent of 'yes' votes

    JOHNSBURG — With only mail-in and late provisional ballots remaining, 57 percent of voters in Johnsburg said "yes" to a sales tax incresae.
    March 16, 2016 - 12:55 pm
  • Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire District property tax referendum rejected

    The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire District will have to go without a boost in tax revenue after a referendum to add a 0.1 percent emergency and res ...
    March 16, 2016 - 12:50 pm
  • Michael Walkup likely winner for McHenry County Board chairman, Gottemoller concedes

    McHenry County Board member Michael Walkup was poised Wednesday afternoon to unseat incumbent Joe Gottemoller in the first-ever popular vote for Count ...
    March 16, 2016 - 11:10 pm
  • Judge James Cowlin easily wins McHenry County 22nd Judicial Circuit judge race

    James Cowlin comfortably held his position as McHenry County 22nd Judicial Circuit judge, defeating his challenger Assistant State’s Attorney Demetri ...
    March 16, 2016 - 11:31 am
  • Reick defeats Lichte in Illinois House District 63 race

    Steven Reick has defeated opponent Jeffery Lichte and will take on long-serving Democratic incumbent Jack Franks in November for the second time.
    March 16, 2016 - 11:04 am
  • County clerk: Most McHenry County ballots counted

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan said votes in all the county's precincts that were cast before 7 p.m. have been tallied in Tuesday's p ...
    March 16, 2016 - 11:52 am
  • Fox Lake voters say no to sales tax, yes to joining fire district

    FOX LAKE —Voters in Fox Lake's two referendums were in favor of incorporating the village into the Fox Lake Fire Protection District but against a pro ...
    March 16, 2016 - 8:07 am
  • Skillicorn leads 66th Illinois House District race in tight 3-way race

    Allen Skillicorn of East Dundee will take the 66th Illinois House District if remaining uncounted votes are in line with current unofficial results.
    March 16, 2016 - 3:08 pm
  • Weigh in on problems at McHenry County polls during Illinois primary

    Are you a McHenry County election judge or poll worker who faced problems at the polls on Tuesday, or were you a voter who was turned away?
    March 16, 2016 - 2:40 am
  • Kenneally wins GOP nomination for McHenry County state's attorney

    Patrick Kenneally won a decisive victory Wednesday morning over challenger Dan Regna in a contentious race for the Republican nomination for McHenry C ...
    March 16, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • Jim Walz wins 14th Congressional Democratic primary

    Jim Walz of Gurnee won Tuesday's three-way Democratic primary in the 14th Congressional District, with 43 percent of the vote, according to unofficial ...
    March 16, 2016 - 11:26 am
  • Peter Roskam, Amanda Howland to square off in 6th Congressional race

    Incumbent U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, won handily Tuesday over challenger Jay Kinzler of Glen Ellyn to win the Republican nomination for the 6t ...
    March 16, 2016 - 3:04 am
  • DOCUMENT: McHenry County polling locations ordered to stay open until 8:30 p.m.

    March 15, 2016 - 7:54 pm
  • Illinois Primary 2016 Coverage: McHenry County votes

    The Northwest Herald reporters and editors will be providing live election coverage of the 2016 Illinois primary on March 15 here.
    March 16, 2016 - 2:34 am
  • Election Day is here and McHenry County voters have big choices to make

    If early voting numbers are any indicator, McHenry County voters are itching to make some big choices.
    March 15, 2016 - 4:15 pm
  • Election 2016: Where, when to vote early in McHenry County on Monday

    Election Day is Tuesday in Illinois with polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., but early voting is ongoing at 10 locations Monday in McHenry County.
    March 14, 2016 - 11:51 am
  • McHenry County-area GOP, Democratic leaders look to presidential vote

    Illinois voters who complain that March 15 is too late to matter in the presidential race, Democrat and Republican alike, have gotten their wish of re ...
    March 12, 2016 - 11:11 pm
  • 2 Republicans, 2 Democrats vie for Illinois 6th Congressional District nod

    Republican and Democratic voters alike will have a choice Tuesday regarding who runs in the Nov. 8 election for the 6th Congressional District.
    March 11, 2016 - 12:03 am
  • 5 GOP candidates running in rural McHenry County Board District 6

    Republican voters in rural McHenry County Board District 6 have to narrow down a field of five candidates to two in next Tuesday’s primary.
    March 10, 2016 - 12:31 am
  • VIDEO: McHenry County testing voting machines for 2016 primary election

    WOODSTOCK — McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan describes the testing of voting machines in preparation for the primary election next week.
    March 9, 2016 - 4:41 pm
  • Woodstock man removed McHenry County state's attorney campaign sign, police say

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake police charged a 51-year-old Woodstock man with theft after they said he took a sign belonging to state’s attorney hopeful ...
    March 10, 2016 - 12:22 am
  • Paul Serwatka drops out of 66th Illinois House race, endorses Skillicorn

    Calling himself outspent and at risk of splitting the fiscal conservative vote a week before the March 15 primary, candidate Paul Serwatka withdrew fr ...
    March 8, 2016 - 10:31 am
  • Hebron Township asking for 0.0002 percent property tax for cemetery maintenance

    Hebron Township is asking voters on the March 15 ballot to approve a new tax to maintain the one cemetery the township is responsible for.
    March 8, 2016 - 12:46 am
  • Algonquin-Lake in the Hills fire district officials waiting on tax referendum result to budget

    LAKE IN THE HILLS – Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District Chief Peter Van Dorpe is planning to ask the district’s Board of Trustees to ...
    March 7, 2016 - 12:28 am
  • McHenry County residents face off in race for 22nd Circuit Judge

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County voters this year have the rare opportunity to select a 22nd Judicial Circuit Judge.
    March 6, 2016 - 12:12 am
  • Mike Tryon files bill to ban running for county board chairman, member at same time

    Inspired by the first-ever race for McHenry County Board chairman, state Rep. Mike Tryon filed a bill to prevent someone from running for both board c ...
    March 6, 2016 - 12:16 am
  • Question on Johnsburg sales tax increase to appear on ballots

    JOHNSBURG – Johnsburg residents will see a referendum question on their ballots March 15 asking whether voters support raising the sales tax by 0.5 pe ...
    March 2, 2016 - 12:40 am
  • Election 2016: Early voting underway in McHenry County primary contests

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County residents itching to cast a ballot no longer have to wait.The two-week ea ...
    March 1, 2016 - 12:00 am
  • Incumbent, 2 challengers seek GOP nomination for McHenry County Board District 5

    One incumbent and two challengers are seeking the nod for two open seats in the March 15 Republican primary for McHenry County Board District 5.
    Feb. 27, 2016 - 11:36 pm
  • 2 incumbents, 2 newcomers running for GOP nod in McHenry County Board District 1

    Four candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for two open seats in District 1 of the McHenry County Board.
    Feb. 27, 2016 - 11:24 pm
  • 63rd House District candidate maintains he's a legit Republican

    Steven Reick at first gave up on getting the signatures needed to make another run for the 63rd Illinois House District after learning that help from ...
    Feb. 26, 2016 - 12:37 am
  • 3 GOP candidates running for 2 seats in McHenry County Board District 4

    A McHenry County Board veteran and two challengers are running for two seats on the board’s District 4.
    Feb. 29, 2016 - 10:23 am
  • Illinois House GOP 66th District candidate pledges salary to tax-relief efforts

    Illinois 66th House District candidate Paul Serwatka is pledging if elected to contribute the office’s taxpayer-funded salary to fight for local tax r ...
    Feb. 24, 2016 - 12:10 am
  • Election 2016: 4 GOP candidates running for McHenry County Board District 3

    Voters in McHenry County Board District 3 will have four candidates to select for two nominations in March’s Republican primary.
    Feb. 23, 2016 - 12:27 am
  • McHenry County state's attorney candidate's wife defends him, blasts opponent

    The wife of state’s attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally is defending his reputation and calling opponent Dan Regna’s integrity into question for maki ...
    Feb. 23, 2016 - 12:40 am
  • Cary won't issue citations for political billboards on Route 14

    CARY – After a review process that began with a complaint from a political challenger, the village has decided not to issue a citation for temporary 7 ...
    Feb. 20, 2016 - 11:45 pm
  • McHenry County state's attorney candidate brings up domestic disturbance at opponent's home

    A 2010 domestic disturbance call at the home of an assistant state’s attorney running for the office’s top job is becoming a 2016 campaign issue, cour ...
    Feb. 20, 2016 - 2:17 pm
  • PAC-funded newspaper hits McHenry County homes

    A new newspaper funded by a conservative radio host’s political action committee has started arriving at homes in McHenry and Lake counties.
    Feb. 22, 2016 - 9:47 am
  • 3 Republicans running for 2 open seats in McHenry County Board District 2

    One newly minted McHenry County Board incumbent and two challengers are running in the Republican primary for two seats in the board’s District 2.
    Feb. 16, 2016 - 12:20 am
  • 4 GOP candidates vie to succeed Illinois Rep. Mike Tryon in 66th House DIstrict

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Four local Republican elected officials are running for the 66th Illinois House District to succeed retiring Rep. Mike Tryon.
    Feb. 13, 2016 - 12:01 am
  • Election 2016: McHenry County recorder candidates debate merit of office

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The platform of one Republican county recorder candidate to abolish the office dominated a Wednesday discussion with the three candidat ...
    Feb. 11, 2016 - 12:02 am
  • 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.
    March 9, 2016 - 11:42 am
  • 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