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Dear Democratic friends,

We need you. 

The Illinois General Assembly and the Governor enacted legislation to address growing gun violence with the passage of the Protect Illinois Communities Act. Watch our wonderful governor J.B. Pritzker on CBS News yesterday explaining and defending our new assault weapons ban. 

In the last few days we have been sickened and horrified by the news from California – eleven killed in Monterey Park, California by a crazed gunman with a semi-automatic MAC-10 assault rifle, then seven killed in Half Moon Bay south of San Francisco.  And these are just the ones horrific enough to make major headlines.  In just these first few weeks of 2023, as the New York Times wrote yesterday,  “at least 39 separate shootings in which four or more people were injured or killed, according to the Gun Violence Archive, outlining a striking explosion of violence across a range of sites in nearly every corner of the nation that killed at least 69 people.”

When will enough be enough?

We have a debate happening in our county. The Republican Party of McHenry County is demanding action by the County Board on a resolution or statement in support of the Republican Sheriff stating he and his office will not enforce the recently enacted H.R, 5471, the Protect Illinois Communities Act, support for action by the Republican State's Attorney joining in a lawsuit challenging the law, and/or asking for the County Board to make McHenry County a gun sanctuary county. 

This is the DPMC response in a submitted Letter To the Editor.

Mass shootings in America occur every few days with parents grieving for murdered children, communities destroyed, and we wonder when will it end. Astonishingly, local Republicans want to make it easier for McHenry County to become the scene of the next tragedy.

We vehemently disagree with our Republican counterparts demanding the County Board support a gun sanctuary and the misguided viewpoint that the Republican Sheriff has authority to choose which laws he upholds.

The Sheriff believes HB 5471 is unconstitutional; therefore, will not enforce the law. He has no authority to determine whether a law is constitutional nor is he the chief enforcement official. So, until the courts determine its constitutionality, he should do the job he was elected to and enforce it. If he is unable to because of personal convictions, he should step down.

Republicans are also ordering the Board make our county into a gun sanctuary. This is political posturing. Local jurisdictions do not have the authority to override laws just because they don’t like them. Legislation trying to do so is unconstitutional.

In the end, the local GOP is demanding the County Board support and pass something unlawful and unconstitutional at its core, clearly contradictory to their claims of supporting the constitution.

Let the courts fulfill their duty and instead – demand the Sheriff do his. The GOP remains in control here, what steps are they taking to protect us from gun violence? When will they take real responsibility for our safety?

Democratic Party of McHenry County

But, it is not enough.  We need to hear from you. There are three things you can do - 1) Write your own Letter to the Editor, 2) contact your County Board Member here McHenry County Board , and 3) attend a County Board Meeting.

Upcoming County Board Meetings held at The County Administration Building at 667 Ware Road in Woodstock.

  • At 8:30am on Tuesday January 31st – a meeting of the Law & Government Committee 
  • At 9:00am on Thursday February 16th - a meeting of the Committee of the Whole (the “COW” in county government parlance) at which Highland Park mayor Nancy Rotering is planning to speak.
  • At 7:00pm on Tuesday February 21st - a full meeting of the board, at which any resolution is likely to be voted on.

Thank you for standing with us. Enough is enough.

Our nation's founders recognized that without constant vigilance, it would be all too easy for those in power to pervert our democracy for their own ends. It is up to us to resist that perversion and to show the way toward "a more perfect union" as promised in the preamble to our Constitution.

The Democratic Party of McHenry County is dedicated to the task of making our democracy serve the people. It is in our own enlightened self-interest to promote greater participation in the political process and to encourage all voices to be heard. Our mission is to help elect Democrats to public office, especially at the local level.

If you want to make a difference, there's no better place to start than right here in McHenry County, Illinois. We invite you to join us.

The Democratic Party of McHenry County