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Pro consolidation group selling T-shirts in support of McHenry Township movement

Trustee spearheading the movement looking to gain support before election

Members of Citizens for Consolidation show off their new campaign shirts. Pictured are Steve Verr (from front left), Jamie Grubich, Ron Salgado, Mike Rakestraw (from back left), Bill Cunningham and Bob Anderson.
Members of Citizens for Consolidation show off their new campaign shirts. Pictured are Steve Verr (from front left), Jamie Grubich, Ron Salgado, Mike Rakestraw (from back left), Bill Cunningham and Bob Anderson.

Team Consolidation has flashy new jerseys.

Citizens for Consolidation – a grass-roots group organized and controlled inside the Wonder Lake barber shop of McHenry Township Trustee Bob Anderson – now is selling bright green T-shirts for $10 to encourage residents to vote in favor of consolidating the township’s road district in November.

“Come on down to Bob’s barber shop to pick one up,” said Anderson, who owns Bob’s Countryside Barber Shop at 7125 Barnard Mill Road.

The group stems from a controversial vote that approved a binding referendum going to voters in the November election asking whether they want to abolish the road district and transfer its responsibilities to trustees.

The grass-roots group does not yet have a website, but its members meet weekly to brainstorm ideas and plan a campaign aimed at influencing McHenry County voters to vote for consolidation.

“Things are going well,” said Anderson, who is working to get Citizens for Consolidation into the McHenry Fiesta Days parade July 22. “I’m lining up the people now. We have a tractor lined up with a wagon. Our presence is going to be out there in the public.”

The fight to consolidate townships and road districts has a long history in McHenry County. Two decades ago, voters had the opportunity to choose how they are governed.

In 1994, Anderson spearheaded a referendum to eliminate the county’s townships. By a 3-1 margin, voters defeated Anderson’s referendum to abolish townships in the November 1994 election.

Anderson’s latest venture has drawn donations from political influencers in the county, including former McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi.

Money generated from shirt sales will go back to the campaign, Anderson said. He does not plan to wear the bright shirt to any township meetings.

“When I’m there I’m not Bob Anderson the activist, I’m Bob Anderson the trustee,” Anderson said. “When I’m out in the public, I’m going to have my green shirt on from here on out.”

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