Local Editorials

Our view: Today is the day; get out and vote

Election Day is here. The day when democracy shines, the people have a voice and they can show their will. The only way to take part and have that full effect, however, is to get to the polls.

Think about that as you go about your day, find a time to research the candidates using our Election Central page – nwherald.com/election – and then get out and vote.

Voting usually doesn’t take long and you’re likely able to do it close to home. What you say there, with your ballot, will make a difference.

You can help choose the state’s next governor or choose the next McHenry County clerk or County Board members.

All of these will have a direct effect on you, your tax dollars and the future of the county and state.

A review of our endorsements in contested races:


Bruce Rauner (R)

Attorney General

Kwame Raoul (D)

Secretary of State

Jesse White (D)

U.S. Representative, 6th District

Sean Casten (D)

U.S. Representative, 14th District

Randy Hultgren (R)

Illinois State Senate, 26th District

Dan McConchie (R)

Illinois State Senate, 32nd District

Craig Wilcox (R)

Illinois State Senate, 33nd District

Donald DeWitte (R)

Illinois State Representative, 64th District

Tom Weber (R)

McHenry County Clerk

Joe Tirio (R)

McHenry County Board District 1

Robert Nowak (R), Christopher Spoerl (R)

McHenry County Board District 2

Carolyn Schofield (R), Josh Howell (R)

McHenry County Board District 3

Lori Parrish (R), Joe Gottemoller (R)

McHenry County Board District 5

John Jung Jr. (R) and Michael Rein (R)

McHenry County Board District 6

No endorsement

McHenry Township Road District abolishment referendum


McHenry County Board term limits


McHenry County Board chairman term limits


McHenry High School District 156 referendum

No endorsement

City of McHenry Recreation Center referendum

No endorsement

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