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Our view: Celebrating 25 years of good work

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

Thumbs Up: To the Crystal Lake-based Salvation Army, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend – a quarter century of meeting the needs of the area’s less affluent in many ways, from feeding families to providing Christmas gifts for children. The celebration event kicks off at 7 p.m. at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center, 290 W. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake. The event will highlight the county’s needs and show The Salvation Army’s appreciation to the community. Entertainment during the event will be provided by musicians Norridge Citadel Band and Songsters.

Our view: Fight breast cancer year round

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

More than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and more than 40,000 women died from it in 2015, according to the American Cancer Society.

Another view: Sugar tax a bad idea

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:35:00 GMT

Moral superiors are at it again

Endorsement: U.S. President: No endorsement

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

The Northwest Herald’s editorial board evaluates candidates running for political office based on a set of core values. Among those core values are fiscal conservatism, limited government, personal responsibility and accountability, a belief in a strong family structure, and a staunch protection of First Amendment rights.

Our view: Helping the underinsured

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

Thumbs up: To Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Crystal Lake Lions Club and the medical professionals involved in providing a free clinic today offering several services including wellness checks and screenings for those underserved by insurance. The clinic runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crystal Lake Church.

Endorsement: U.S. Senate: Mark Kirk

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

In the race for U.S. Senator from Illinois, incumbent Republican Mark Kirk is facing a difficult challenge from U.S. Rep. Tammy

Endorsements: McHenry County Board District 5: Michael Skala and Alex Wimmer

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

Four people, including one incumbent, are running for two seats to represent District 5 on the McHenry County Board.

Endorsement: McHenry County Board District 6: James Kearns, Mary McCann

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

Four candidates are running to fill two open seats representing McHenry County Board District 6. Republican incumbent Mary McCann is joined on the ballot by Republican James Kearns and Democratic candidates Andrew Georgi and Cathy Johnson.

Endorsement: McHenry County Board District 3: Diane Johnson, Christopher Christensen

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

Four candidates are running to fill two McHenry County Board seats in District 3.

Endorsement: McHenry County Board District 4: Kay Bates, Craig Wilcox

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

Voters in McHenry County Board District 4 must choose between four newcomers to fill two vacant seats on the board. Neither Republican incumbent is on the ballot. Robert Martens Sr. is not seeking re-election, and Sue Draffkorn lost her re-election bid in the March primary.

Endorsements: McHenry County Board District 2: Jeffrey Thorsen, John Reinert

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:51:00 GMT

Our view: McHenry County Board endorsements

Endorsements: McHenry County Board District 1: Yvonne Barnes and Kerri Barber

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

Our view: McHenry County Board endorsements

Endorsement: McHenry County Board Chairman: Jack Franks

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

In 2014, voters passed a referendum to change the way the McHenry County Board chairman is elected.

Our view: Same-day registration

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

To the state’s county clerks allowing same-day voting registration at early voting stations despite a preliminary injunction curtailing the practice. Before the injunction, a state law would have required counties with more than 100,000 residents to allow voters to register at the same time they cast ballots at any polling place through Election Day. Although the lawsuit that prompted the injunction has questionable motives, we agree that same-day registration and voting should be available to all Illinois residents, regardless of county population. While that will not happen before Nov. 8, thanks to the legal interpretation of the recent ruling, McHenry County residents still will be able to register and vote at the county clerk’s office

Endorsement: McHenry County Recorder: Joe Tirio

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

Phyllis Walters is retiring after serving more than 30 years as McHenry County Recorder.

Endorsement: McHenry County State's Attorney: Patrick Kenneally

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi won’t be seeking a fourth term and has handed his political support to Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally, whom he recently promoted to the office’s first assistant position.

Endorsement: Illinois House District 63: Steven Reick

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

State Rep. Jack Franks decided not to seek another term for the 63rd House District seat he has held since 1999, leaving the door open for two new contenders for the Illinois General Assembly.

Endorsement: Illinois House District 66: Allen Skillicorn

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

Republican state Rep. Mike Tryon announced in June 2015 that he would not seek re-election, ending a 12-year run in the General Assembly.

Endorsement: Illinois Senate District 26: Dan McConchie

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

Dan Duffy resigned his 26th Illinois Senate District seat earlier this year to take a job as president and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America, a Chicago-based nonprofit. A Republican, Duffy was first elected to the state Senate in 2008. His hand-picked successor, Dan McConchie, was appointed to fill out the remainder of Duffy’s term.

Endorsement: Illinois Senate District 32: Pam Althoff

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:30:00 GMT

State Sen. Pam Althoff, R-McHenry, has been a known quantity in McHenry County politics and community service for a quarter of a century. She is running for her fourth full term on the Illinois Senate, where she has served since 2003.