CRYSTAL LAKE – Voters gave McHenry County College a split decision by re-electing the incumbent vice chairwoman as well as a challenger who ran on a platform of fiscal reform.
Incumbent Linda Liddell won a six-year term, but so did Diane Evertsen, a former McHenry County Board member who wants to cut spending, reduce the college’s property tax levy and add another skeptical voice to the seven-member Board of Trustees. Although her running mate fell short, she beat three other candidates with ties to the college.
Even though the McHenry County Clerk’s Office still was counting votes late Tuesday, long after other counties already had reported, Evertsen and Liddell were far ahead of the other three candidates, according to unofficial totals.
Thomas Allen, a retired MCC teacher, was in third, and David Schenk, who ran with Evertsen in hopes of capturing a majority of fiscal conservatives with current Trustees Chris Jenner and Karen Tirio, came in fourth. Candidate George Lowe, a former trustee, came in last.
Incumbent Cynthia Kisser did not seek re-election.
Evertsen, a retired real estate agent who also served on the Harvard School District 50 Board, said that she will fight to rein in spending and question projects that will expand the college while enrollment at schools countywide is dropping.
“We have issues we have no control over, one of which is the declining population in Illinois, and certainly McHenry County. We have to look realistically at how to keep financially viable with declining enrollment,” Evertsen said.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has since been updated to correct the name of the school board on which Evertsen served.