Election 2016: One last look at what's on McHenry County ballots

Well, McHenry County, if you haven’t voted yet, Tuesday is your last chance.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. And if you’re planning a quickie wedding or have some other need for the services of the McHenry County Clerk’s Office, be advised that it is closed to all but election-related business.

As one final reminder, here is a list from top to bottom of every race that county residents will see on their ballots. If you want to narrow it down, visit the county clerk’s website at, where you can generate a copy of what your ballot will look like based on your address.

All Illinois voters first will face a question to amend the Illinois Constitution to forbid transportation infrastructure funds from being spent on anything else. They then will be asked to vote for president and U.S. Senate.

As for U.S. House representatives, voters in Algonquin Township will choose their representative for the 6th Congressional District, while the rest of McHenry County will elect their representative in the 14th Congressional District.

Voters also will elect the state comptroller in a special election – although the seat currently is occupied, it was appointed after the death of the incumbent just after her 2014 election.

Voters in the 26th Illinois Senate District and the 32nd Illinois Senate District will elect their representatives in the Illinois Senate. Contested races for the Illinois House also face voters in the 63rd House District and the 66th House District. Incumbent Republicans in the 52nd, 64th and 65th districts are running unopposed.

This election is the first in which McHenry County voters will directly elect the McHenry County Board chairman. Contested races also are on the ballot for state’s attorney and recorder. Incumbent Republicans running for auditor, circuit clerk and coroner are running unopposed, as is one candidate for circuit court judge.

Voters also will elect two representatives on the County Board – all six districts have contested races of two Republican and two Democratic candidates.

A number of mostly advisory referendums also await county voters. There are two countywide advisory referendums – one asks whether the County Board should shrink from 24 members after the 2020 U.S. Census, while the other gauges support for a slew of proposed reforms aimed at curtailing the influence of money in politics.

Local referendums also will appear on the ballots in six municipalities.

Advisory referendums in Lakewood, Cary and Fox River Grove will ask voters whether any taxing body located within municipal boundaries should have to seek voter approval by referendum before increasing its property tax levy. Voters in Crystal Lake face an advisory referendum as to whether the city should borrow $30.1 million to build a new public library.

Both the village of Greenwood and the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District are asking residents for property tax increases. Greenwood wants to create a tax for road maintenance, while the fire district is asking for more funding to offset revenue losses and insurance increases.

Almost 20 percent of county voters already have cast their ballots as of late Monday, according to county clerk data.

More online

Check Tuesday for live election news and information.

Visit to learn more about the candidates and issues in Tuesday’s election.

Visit the McHenry County Clerk’s Office at to find your polling place and get a copy of what your ballot will look like.

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