District 6 News

Roskam Hultgren No Shows

The League of Women Voters hosted a candidate forum at McHenry County College Monday night for candidates running in the 6th and 14th Congressional Districts.  Both incumbent Congressman Roskam and Congressman Hultgren were no shows.  Congressman Hultgren declined the request to attend and Congressman Roskam did not have the courtesy to respond. 

Sean Casten, Democrat candidate 6th Congressional District and Lauren Underwood, candidate 14th Congressional District provided detailed and insightful answers to questions ranging from the environment, health care, tax reform, school violence and returning civility to the political arena.  

Voters in District 2 were not given the opportunity to hear an exchange of ides and policies between incumbant and challenger; too bad.


Is a Smaller County Board Enough?

When is enough enough...

McH Co BoardThe Democratic Party of McHenry County (DPMC) has been calling for a reduction in the size of the County Board for over 10 years, and on July 31st, the McHenry County Board’s Republican-controlled Ad Hoc Committee on Governmental Consolidation finally made a small but important step toward that goal. Their recommendation would reduce the board to 18 members from its current 24 member size. However, there is no mention of how many districts should be formed, nor how many members would represent each district.  Read more at McHenry County Board to vote on term-limit referendums | Northwest Herald

“I’ve been out talking to voters and they are overwhelmingly in favor of a smaller board and more transparency in government," said Kelli Wegener, Democratic candidate for the County Board for District 3.  "...having one board member per district and smaller districts would lead to better representation.  Board members would be able to get to know more of their constituents and, in turn, those constituents would know just who their board member is when they have a concern.” What is really needed is not just fewer members but single-member districts.

McHenry HS 156 Reaches Out

Community Engagement Forums Announced

Do you live in McHenry High School District 156?  Here is your opportunity to learn about your school district and provide feedback to the school board and administration.  The Board of Education is holding a series of community engagement forums to provide information regarding their academic progress, financial status, and challenges they face as a school community.  The first two are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, August 8th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 11th at 10:00 a.m.

Both forums will be held at McHenry High School West Campus Auditorium, 4724 W. Crystal Lake Road, McHenry.

Be involved, get the facts, and provide your feedback at these important meetings.  Don't forget - school board elections are April 2, 2019!

We Need You to Win November 6th

You can make a difference this election...

...right here in your own county by being a part of the Coordinated Campaign effort.

The Blue Wave is swelling across the nation, fed every day by outrage over attacks on our democracy and on our families. We can turn the wave into a tsunami that sweeps McHenry County with it. 

More than anything else it takes people to create the wave which will turn the tide here and across the country. We will need a high turnout and every likely Democratic vote in November in order to win.  We cannot leave any potential voter behind.

What can you do?  We have identified 60 precincts critical to our success in November.  Each weekend groups of volunteers will be targeting a few of these precincts looking for voters who are receptive to our message until we cover all 60 precincts.  We need you to join with others and go (in pairs with a fellow volunteer) door-to-door listening to our neighbors about the issues they care about and sharing information about our candidates.  It doesn't take much time - just a couple of hours. It doesn't take any experience - we will train you.  It doesn't take your resources - we will give you everything you need.  You have nothing to lose and we have everything to gain. This effort will impact whether McHenry County rides the 2018 Democratic Blue Wave or continues to be a red desert.

The Damaged and Defective President

This Is the Moment of Truth for Republicans says James Fallows in The Atlantic

The Hottest Places in Hell

      The Italian poet Dante Alighieri is credited with the statement that "the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who during a time of moral crisis, remain neutral."  In Dante’s great tri-part poem, Paradiso, Purgatorio, and Inferno, the neutrals, those who in this world had never taken any side on any issue, occupy the mouth and vestibule of Hell. There they are condemned to  swirl unceasingly in clouds of red sand, their faces bitten by wasps and hornets. They are doomed to pursue in a blind, fatal, and ultimately hopeless way, a flag which never stays for a moment in one place. Dante denies them the moral dignity of a place even in hell itself. “Heaven will not have them, and the deep Hell receives them not lest the wicked there should have some glory over them”—lest the wicked, that is, looking at these neutrals, should be able to feel a sort of superiority over others. What was the sin of these neutrals? Only this: they had never taken a side.Their ongoing moral neutrality condemns them to an eternity of this treatment. 

      Today we face strongly defined choices. We can pull back into our safe homes and send indignant tweets, instagrams, emails,assure ourselves that somehow,somewhere, some vaguely defined, but immutable, justice will prevail, and we can cry bitter tears over children being separated from their parents at our borders, ala Hitler and the Jews...OR, we can take a position of moral and ethical rectitude.We can work to change the inequities of the situation. How do we do this? We vote. We go out and walk the streets of our precinct, we knock on doors, we talk to citizens, we press out points and we push the need for the population to VOTE. GOTV--get out the vote is our strongest weapon. Trump won election based on the Electoral College, Clinton had considerably more of the popular vote. This time around, Trump can't hide behind the EC--this time, his party has to face the people and defend itself for disrupting families, for the wealthy oriented budget, for the ongoing corruption of this administration and a near endless litany of sins.

      We need every vote, every voter to show up and express their indignation. There is talk of a "blue tsunami," in the mid-terms. Personally, I don't believe it. I want to be proven wrong. The only way to do that is to bring out every voter, to offer the opportunity for transportation to the polls and reaffirm the right of our citizenry to vote and determine its own political destiny.  Another quote, this one in dispute as to its author. Most think it from Edmund Burke. Burke was an Irish political philosopher, Whig politician and statesman who is, ironically, often considered the father of modern conservatism. Burke said ,All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Let us heed his wisdom. Get out and vote, bring out your neighbors si they vote, bring out your precinct so it votes; bring out the vote.----Dan

Crisis Adverted (for now)

At the June 14th Committee of the Whole meeting the County Board tabled a Resolution o Authorize Precincts Boundary Adjustments.  The Resolution would have added 117 new voting precincts effective December 1, 2018.  The Resolution never went through a County Board Committee or had any input from the Democratic Party.  The new boundaries would have made precinct work, especially canvassing, more difficult.  It was apparent from discussion that Board Members were completely blindsided by this Resolution, and in the spirit of bipartisanship, Republican Board Members, Democratic Board Member Paula Yensen, and Democratic Party leadership who spoke during public comments, concluded that this Resolution was not properly vented to merit consideration.  County Clerk Mary McClellan, who made the recommendation for boundary changes, was not present to answer the many questions County Board Members had regarding her proposed boundary changes.

However, this issue is not over!  The County will still need to consider the size of precincts to comply with State guidelines.  Toward that end, County Board Chairman Jack Franks proposed a committee consisting of non-elected citizens to make recommendations on precinct boundaries.  The question now is whether this should be accomplished after the Nov. 6th election or whether it should be considered as part of a larger package including information from the 2020 Census, redistricting, and the future size of the County Board.  Stay tuned!









The Equal Rights Amendment passed in Illinois finally! 

The Equal Rights Amendment passed in Illinois finally!  Thanks to a lot of hard work, a lot of phone calls, marches and postcards and more phone calls. 
It's been 36 years since the process began to pass this very simple and basic amendment.  This would put women on the same playing field as men.  You'd think it would be easy.  36 YEARS!!  Sen. Lou Lang has been pushing to get this through and it was not easy.  (Shhh...don't tell anyone, but Mike Madigan helped too.)  
Illinois is the 37th state to ratify it.  We need one more state.  Bills have been introduced in Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Utah and Virginia.  (Is anyone interested in visiting one of those states for a march?)
This passage is another indicator of the fact that people are paying attention and stepping up and it's making a difference.  Now I can honestly say that not one of the House reps from McHenry County voted for it.  NOT ONE.  Not even the  woman. We need to do something about that.  
Below is a copy of the ERA.  This very clear and simple amendment can make a huge difference for all sexes.   Over 50% of the population consists of women.  What exactly is the problem?  All other industrialized nations have an equal right law in place.  All except the US.  Sad.

The Equal Rights Amendment

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

Election Judges Needed for the Nov. 6th Midterm Election

With the continued consolidation and movement of polling places for this incredibly important race, we democrats need reassurance that election day goes well.  We need "our" judges appointed by our precinct committee persons (PCs) or by our Party.  We can appoint two (2) for each precinct.

Democrats all over have been stepping up to take on this responsibility.  The window for appointments is short.  Our list must be in by the end of May!  Contact us now if you're interested.  (district6@mchenrydems.org) 

We can add more names later,but we have no assurance where these judges will be placed.  Call or email NOW.  We need 2 judges in each precinct.


Elizabeth Warren Says It All

Elizabeth Warren


The Democratic Party of McHenry County