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Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 10:30 AM through June 30, 2024 · 3 RSVPs
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Volunteer at the DNC Convention!


Volunteers like you are critical in welcoming the country and the world to Chicago for this historic moment. McHenry County Democrats, let's do our part in welcoming the country and the world to Chicago!

On August 19 through 22, 50,000 visitors, 20,000 members of the media, and 5,500 elected delegates will come to Chicago for the 2024 Democratic National Convention. The Chicago 2024 Host Committee is working to recruit 12,000 volunteers to support the convention. 

Volunteers are needed not just at the Convention Center itself, but at hotels, at train stops, at O'Hare and on the road to help guide and care for the visitors arriving from all over the country.  Volunteers contribute in various ways, including, but not limited to, greeting guests, giving directions, assisting with event check-in, serving as ushers, providing transportation for credentialed guests and dignitaries, and much, much more. Individuals 16 and over who pass a background check and initial screening can access a detailed list of volunteer roles and shifts before the convention.

Can't volunteer but know someone who can?  Spread the word!  We are looking for 60 Democrats from McHenry County to volunteer.

Find out more by attending the virtual info session:

2024 Democratic National Convention Volunteer Information Session #3
Saturday, June 29, 2024 at Noon

RSVP for the link to the information session
Questions - email [email protected]

Thank you for considering volunteering!

Monday, June 24, 2024 at 11:00 AM
Citizens Park - South Shelter in Barrington, IL

National Women's Strike 2024

Join the National Women's Strike 2024 which marks the 2nd anniversary of the overturning of Roe V. Wade. It is an intersectional movement dedicated to the fight for equal rights, reproductive freedom, and an end to gender-based violence. DON'T SPEND, BUT DO ATTEND THE RALLY!

Great speakers, featuring Nabeela Syed, IL House 51st District; Kelli Wegener, current McHenry County Board Member and running county-wide for Board Chair; Maria Peterson, candidate for IL House 52nd District, including part of McHenry County; and our own Ruth Scifo, Chair of the Democratic Party of McHenry County and Board Member of McHenry County Democratic Women.

It's on Monday, June 24th, from 11:00 am - 1:00 PM, at the South Shelter in Citizens Park, 511 North Lake Zurich Road, Barrington.

Free, but let them know you are coming:

Or RSVP at the Women's March site:

Can't make it?  VOTE BLUE


Sunday, July 07, 2024 at 12:00 PM · 4 RSVPs
Crystal Lake City Hall in Crystal Lake, IL

Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade


One of the Democratic Party of McHenry County's favorite parades is the Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade.  Come & celebrate our nation's heritage of democracy and freedom, help campaign for all our great candidates, and see our new float!

It's happening this year on Sunday, July 7th, 2024.
The parade steps off at 1:00pm, but marchers please line-up by 12:30.  Float decorators welcome - come at 11.

The assembly point is the parking lot behind (immediately to the north of) the Crystal Lake Municipal Complex/City Hall at 100 West Woodstock Street, just west of downtown.  Go around the building to the right to the parking lot by the service building and you'll find us. Parking is best in the train station lot.

NEW PARADE ROUTE THIS YEAR because of Dole Ave. construction - please see the route below! The route will end at St. Thomas the Apostle's Church at 451 W. Terra Cotta Ave (Rt. 176).

RSVP, and please reach out to [email protected] or 815-596-0892 if you have questions.


Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 07:00 PM

Central Committee Meeting

Join us in the Conference Center at McHenry County College

Conference Center MCC


Help us make a child happy this summer...contribute a bag of hard candy to pass at parades.
  • 7:00 p.m. — Doors open 
  • 7:15 p.m. — Meeting begins
  • Chair's Message
  • Candidate Introductions
  • Reports - Officers/Districts
    • VChair 
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • District Reports
    • Committees
      • Events
  • Announcements
    If time allows, we will open up the floor for announcements - events, presentations, and actions of interest to Democrats.  Announcements will be limited to 2 minutes each. Candidates should contact the chair before the meeting if they wish to address the membership and will be included on the agenda.
  • 8:30 p.m. — Adjourn

Invite a friend to attend the meeting! Introduce a friend or neighbor to grassroots politics and help us grow the Party.

Click here for a map of MCC.


Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 06:00 PM
DC Cobbs in Huntley, IL

McHenry County Democratic Women Summer Social

Celebrate summer -- come celebrate with McHenry County Democratic Women at our Summer Social.  A get together for some fun & conversation...and MEET THE CANDIDATES!

It's on Thursday, July 18th, from 6 to 8pm, at 11808 Coral St in Huntley.  Meet us in the back room for appetizers and cash bar.

Sunday, July 21, 2024 at 12:30 PM · 2 RSVPs

McHenry Fiesta Days Parade


McHenry County has no shortage of summer fun, and McHenry Fiesta Days, 11 days of family fun, is a prime example.  The high point is the parade, happening this year on Sunday, July 21st, 2024, and the Democratic Party of McHenry County and all of our great candidates and office-holders are proud to participate.

The parade steps off at 1:30pm.  It will be crowded so please arrive by 12:30 or 1 at the latest, and if you wish to help us decorate the float, please arrive at 11:30.

The parade steps off from Mill Street and West Crystal Lake Road and terminates at Riverside Drive & Washington Street.  The route is Main Street to Green Street to Pearl Street to Riverside Drive to Washington Street.  In the past we've been in division 5 -- we'll have the exact assembly point as the date gets closer.  Here's the official parade info sheet.

The picture above is from 2018, back when Lauren Underwood's district included part of McHenry County.  Wait until you see our new float, it's far fancier.

See you there, thanks so much, and and please for sure RSVP.  


Sunday, July 28, 2024 at 11:00 AM · 1 RSVP

Algonquin Founders' Day Parade

"Let's All Go to the Movies!"
Algonquin's Annual Founders' Day Parade

Algonquin's Founders Days is always an amazing extravaganza.  The highlight is the parade, happening this year on Saturday July 27th, 2024, and the Democratic Party of McHenry County and all our great candidates are proud to participate.  The theme this year is "Let's All Go To the Movies".  Please join us and show Algonquin our growing support.  It's always great fun, and we can't wait to show off our new float.

The parade steps off at 11:00am from the corner of Eastgate Drive and Algonquin Road.  It's an easy walk down the hill on Algonquin, over the river, then south on Main Street and terminating at Madison Street.

Our assembly point is usually on one of the streets near Eastgate, south of Algonquin.  We'll have our exact parade number and assembly location closer to the date.  It's usually mobbed, so please arrive by 10:00am and no later than 10:30, and if you'd like to help decorate the float please come by 9

For more information please contact Corinna Sac at [email protected].


Tuesday, July 30, 2024 at 11:00 AM

Prevailing Wage 101 Webinar

Please join the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting ( for their Prevailing Wage 101 Webinar.

Melissa Binetti, Attorney at the IIIFFC, will discuss the basics of the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act and recent updates. Frank Manzo IV, Economist at the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, will discuss the economic impacts of prevailing wage. A Q&A will follow.

Prevailing wage laws require contractors who work on publicly-funded projects to pay skilled construction workers the region’s standards for hourly wages, benefits, and overtime, as calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Labor. The purpose of prevailing wage is to level the playing field for all contractors by ensuring that public expenditures reflect local market standards of compensation and craftsmanship.

It's happening on Tuesday, July 30th, 2024, from 11am to noon.  Don't miss this opportunity to get up to speed on a complicated but very important set of regulations.

Please click here to register, and visit to learn more.



Tuesday, July 30, 2024 at 12:00 PM through August 05, 2024 · 1 RSVP
McHenry County Fair Grounds in Woodstock, IL

McHenry County Fair 2024

It's that time again - join us at the Fair!

Tuesday July 30th through Sunday August 4th
Volunteers Needed

There's always plenty of fun to be had at our annual extravaganza, the McHenry County Fair, at the fairgrounds in Woodstock.  And there's no better way to have that fun than volunteering for a shift at our Democratic Party booth.  We need at least two and preferably three people for each shift.  We pay for your admission so it's a great way to combine seeing the fair and doing something highly worthwhile.

We do setup on Monday July 29th.  The fair opens at noon on Tuesday July 30th.  Opening time on every day thereafter is 10am.  Closing time is 9pm Tuesday through Thursday, 10pm on Saturday and Sunday, and then 8pm on the final Sunday day.

Please RSVP and choose your shift.  Tuesday's first shift starts an hour before opening time to allow for last-minute setup, and Sunday's last shift allows an hour after closing for teardown.  If you have any questions at all please contact Corinna Sac our events chair at [email protected] or 815-893-9791.

The fairgrounds are at 11900 Country Club Road, on the north side slightly east of South Eastwood Drive (Route 47).  It can be crowded so please allow half an hour for parking, getting into the fair and then finding us.  We are in building D this year. It's on the south side of the fairgrounds, backing up to Country Club Rd. 

It's really important that we have a good turnout this year.  Many of our most dedicated Democrats found us for the first time at the fair.  And even if you can't volunteer please plan on dropping by and hanging with us.  Thanks so much and see you there!



Wednesday, August 14, 2024 at 09:00 AM
Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield, IL

Illinois Democratic County Chairs Brunch 2024

It's that time again, the 2024 edition of the awesome County Chairs Brunch, put on by the Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association (IDCCA), held in Springfield every year to coincide with Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair.  Come on down for this inspiring gathering of Illinois Democrats.  All of our Illinois Democratic candidates and officeholders will be there.  The group shown above, our 2023 contingent, had an excellent time.  

It's on Wednesday August 14th, starting at 9:00 am at the Bank of Springfield Center (1 Convention Center Plaza, aka 524 South Second Street).  After the program head on over to the Governors Compound at the Illinois State Fair and be inspired by our Illinois Democratic leaders, starting with our governor, the amazing J.B. Pritzker himself.

Get your tickets to the brunch here and prepare to be wowed!

If you're coming down the night before, there are all manner of parties with networking opportunities galore, and there's rooms at special rates at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and the Wyndham.



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