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What McHenry County voters need to know before going to the polls Tuesday

Candidate lists, referendums, polling locations available online

Susan Sieber (left) finishes her ballot as Michael Williamson, both of Crystal Lake, looks over his options at the Country Inn & Suites early voting polling location on Monday in Crystal Lake.
Susan Sieber (left) finishes her ballot as Michael Williamson, both of Crystal Lake, looks over his options at the Country Inn & Suites early voting polling location on Monday in Crystal Lake.

After months of appealing to McHenry County residents, candidates running for local office and representatives of local units of government seeking financial assistance will know Tuesday if their pleas were heard.

Polls will open for the McHenry County consolidated election starting at 6 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m.

As of 4:55 p.m. Monday, 4,216 people voted either through the early voting process or by casting an absentee vote.

Races

Three seats carrying four-year terms are up for grabs in Algonquin. Trustees Debby Sosine, John Spella and Jim Steigert are vying to retain seats on the board, while Cynthia Kanner, Robert Smith and Paulette Zolicoffer are hoping to unseat an incumbent.

Six candidates also are campaigning for three open seats on the Cary Village Board. Trustees Jim Cosler, Kimberly Covelli and Ellen McAlpine are hoping to retain their seats from Tim Ritter, Dale Collier Jr. and Sean Wheeler.

In Fox River Grove, three open seats are being sought by four candidates: Trustee Jennifer Curtiss, Trustee Patrick Wall, Tom Anderson and Eric Anderson are running.

In the city of Harvard, 1st Ward Alderman Ronald Burlingame will be running against Elizabeth “Lisa” Haderlein. No other open aldermanic seats are contested.

In Lake in the Hills, five candidates are running for three open seats. Trustees Ray Bogdanowski and Suzette Bojarski are running alongside Diane Murphy, Alan Wilson and Jeffrey Jakubik.

In McHenry, 2nd Ward Alderman “Andy” Glab is running against James Walsh.

Spring Grove has five candidates running for three board seats: Jim Anhalt, Kelly Popelka, Michael Lee, Jeffrey Letzter and Ted Trzaskowski.

No incumbents will be running for the three open seats on the Woodstock City Council. Instead, the seats are being sought by Thomas Grell, Lisa Lohmeyer, Wendy Piersall, Darrin Flynn and Michael Stanard.

A number of McHenry County College board seats are available with varying terms.

Thomas Allen, Maija Mizens, Carlos Arevalo, Mary Beth Siddons, Molly Walsh and James Young are running for one of three open seats with six-year terms.

Drew Georgi, Suzanne Hoban and Cheryl Dawson are running for an open seat carrying a four-year term.

Elizabeth Speros and Pete Suffield are running for one seat with a two-year term.

The Community High School District 155 race features six candidates running for three open seats: Tom Vaclavek, Amy Blazier, Adam Guss, Meghan Tillson, Jacob Justen and Scott Coffey.

Five candidates are running for four open seats on the Community Unit School District 300 school board: Stephen Fiorentino, Nancy Zettler, Kimberly Garcia, Joe Stevens and Leslie LaMarca.

Three four-year seats are available on the Huntley School District 158 Board. William Geheren, Ra’Shawn Walker, Kevin Gentry, Timothy Griskey and Melissa Maiorino are running for these spots.

Board member Anthony Quagliano is running unopposed for a two-year seat on the District 158 Board.

Six candidates are running for the three open seats on the Crystal Lake Park District Board: Debbie Gallagher, Cathy Cagle, James Rocheford, Jason Heisler, Fred Tiesenga and Joseph Scifo.

Referendums

Depending on where voters live, they also may vote on referendums requesting property tax increases to help fund building renovations, replace outdated equipment and offer employee incentives.

Alden-Hebron School District 19 is requesting taxpayer approval for a $20.3 million plan to build a new facility for its 211 middle and high school students.

Renovations would include security and accessibility improvements; roof and window replacements; plumbing and mechanical system improvements; removing mobile classrooms; creating collaborative learning spaces; upgrading science and art labs; and upgrading athletic, cafeteria and kitchen spaces.

If approved, a person who owns a $150,000 home could expect to see the school district portion of their property tax bill go up by $913.

The Huntley Area Public Library District will be seeking a $12.9 million bond issuance to help fund remodeling and expansion of its existing library. Library director Frank Novak said an average home in the library district could see an estimated annual property tax increase of $57.32.

Two separate referendums, one from the Marengo Fire Protection District and one from the Marengo Rescue Squad District, would seek property tax increases to fund benefit options for firefighters and paramedics.

If approved, a Marengo homeowner whose home has a market value of $100,000 could see a $45 increase on their property tax bill. The owner of a $100,000 home in Union could see a $19 increase.

Marengo assistant Fire Chief John Kimmel said crew members work without any benefits and although the referendums would not fund full benefit options, he would like to at least offer one annual sick day and vacation day, insurance assistance and retirement options.

The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District will also be requesting a property tax increase via referendum but instead of funding benefits, the additional revenue will address staffing levels, capital improvements and emergency vehicle needs.

If the referendum is successful, a resident within the fire/rescue district’s boundaries with a $100,000 home is estimated to pay an extra $56.86 toward the district in property taxes, according to district documents.

Voter Information

To learn more about the candidates in contested municipal races, visit the Election Central page of the Northwest Herald website.

A full list of polling locations is available on the McHenry County website.

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