Northwest Herald from Woodstock, Illinois on September 19, 1997 · Page 2
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Woodstock, Illinois
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Page 2 CITY NORTHWEST HERALD - Friday. September 1 9, 1 997 From Page ! 2 I t I I I I r Schaefer Continued from page 1 ?V "My platform has been unchanged," Verr -.' said, noting he recently picked up the endorse-.ment of the United Republican Fund. "We're f going to go forward and ahead. My base is big-? ger now than it ever has been. It's just a matter of getting the message out." Verr disputed Schaefer's claim to the mid-: die, citing himself as more representative of northern McHenry County voters. "She's trying to put herself in the center, "..and she's not," Verr said. "She's a leftist. I'm n the mainstream in this district. This is a conservative district, probably the most conservative in the state:" Brown, who was appointed to the state seat by party leaders in July, also said Schaefer was misreading the political landscape. "The voters in McHenry County need more than a compromise candidate," Brown said. "There's a clear difference between me and (Schaefer) and me and (Verr.) 'i intend to represent the voters of McHenry County in my district I have a real strong agenda .? and I really resent being compared to someone - like Steve Verr or a compromise candidate," ' Schaefer, a three-term county board mem- ber from McHenry, took out petitions to for-. mally run for the office. Some had speculated she would forego a run in return for some party favor, despite her vows to run with or without the GOP blessing. . County GOP Vice Chairman Jack Schaffer '.' Thursday said the party would prefer that Brown to take on Verr head-to-head. "It does muddy the water," Schaffer said, 'i don't pretend to know that district as well as I used to, but I don't see a chance for her to win. That's the part that surprises me. I've never thought (Schaefer) would be in a race she . couldn't win. You almost have to wonder what her motivation is." Schaffer said a three-way race would make it harder for Brown to win, since Brown and Schaefer are known to have similar positions on some issues, such as abortion. In that case, they could end up competing for the same votes, ' while Verr's base remains his own. "Donna's candidacy probably will help Verr more than Brown," Schaffer said. "It could have some negative impact on Brown." The political implications of a divisive, three-way race were not lost on the other side of the aisle, either. "(The county GOP) definitely has some problems, although all parties have their problems," said Frank McClatchey, county Democratic Party chairman. "As far as Verr goes, I think he's very far right and doesn't really fit the atmosphere of McHenry County. Unfortunately, he probably does have a better chance now with a three-way race." Supporting the local politicians' view was Loyola University political science professor Alan Gitelson. w "There clearly is a potential advantage in a three-way race for an individual who can separate himself from the pack in an ideological way," Gitelson said. "Assuming McHenry County is open to a conservative candidate, it could help. It's more or less common sense, and we find this to be the case in primaries throughout the country." The candidates argue they each are different enough to stand out. Schaefer described Verr as too right-wing for most district residents and said Brown was too close to the party. "Mike Brown is not an extremist, but he def-- initely is a product of the old-time political machine that is perceivetf to exist in the county," Schaefer said of her former colleague on the county board for nine years. "My support comes from within McHenry County. It's a good-government issue." Brown denied being tied to the party and noted Schaefer ran and lost as a Democrat in 1985 in a township trustee race. "I've been in McHenry County for a long time and I've never seen a machine," Brown said. "I would question her sincerity. If she ran as a Democrat, why is she suddenly running in the Republican party?" Schaefer said she changed her views to Republican, "the same as Ronald Reagan," long ago. She4ias been a Republican on the county board since 1988, and now is serying her third elected four-year term. Concerning Verr, Schaefer said she hoped to win over some of his backers, despite her support for abortion rights. Verr opposes abortion except to save the life of the mother. "I think many people who have voted for (Verr) in the past did so because they have felt somewhat disenfranchised from the Republican Party," Schaefer said. "I don't think that those people necessarily share Verr's view on every issue." Schaefer argued the race will not turn on the abortion debate. "I think that really is insulting to voters to think they only vote on that Issue," she said. "They really are more complex than that The majority of people are concerned about quality of life and economic issues." . Schaefer also touted her political record compared to Verr, who never has held public office in McHenry County. "The difference between (Verr) and I would be that I have a record of being elected and reelected and re-elected," she said. "I'm a proven public servant" Verr, in turn, questioned the Republican credentials of both his opponents. "I wonder if (Schaefer) really is a Republican," Verr said. "I know Brown does not support all 10 points of the (national GOP) Contract with America as I do. "Brown's taxing record is terrible and both candidates' records on the county board show they are not of the ordinary, working-class people of this district," Verr said. Brown said he had a middle-class upbringing and life, and laughed off Verr's criticism of his party loyalty. "I've probably been a Republican longer than he's been alive," Brown said. "I have very fond memories of going door-to-door for conservative Republican candidate Barry Goldwater. I'm sure that Verr was out campaigning for Goldwater in his diapers - at least that's what he'll tell you." Verr also said Brown represents "an unprincipled sort of opportunism. He doesn't see an office he doesn't covet" Brown countered that Verr was the one longing for office, given his three attempts at the state representative seat "He came to McHenry County in 1992 and looked around for a place to run and the first job he sought was state representative," Brown said. "I ran for county board three times. I didn't have the foggiest idea Hughes was going to resign." In addition to his county board service, Brown also was elected Nunda Township assessor in February for a term that would have begun Jan. 1, 1998. He resigned that post last week since state law forbids a person from holding two paid political posts at once. OnIDeadline Latest news from McHenry County Marengo: Union and Marengo fire district officials assure the public that today's use of cash reserves is not an indication their budgets will be in the red tomorrow. Union Fire Department Capt Dick Hemmingsen said he believes a prudent reliance on cash actually will save taxpayers money avoiding dollars spent on interest should the board seek a loan to replace aging equipment. Johnsburg: ff you're looking for nude dancing, adult bookstores or illicit massage parlors, you won't find them here. And the village ordinance committee wants to keep it that way. Trustee Bill Sandell asked the village board recently for a moratorium on business registrations for what he termed adult entertainment establishments in Johnsburg. Algonquin: When the ambulance service and fire department join forces, emergency care promises to be only five minutes away. At 6:30 a.m. Oct. 1,the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District will take over ambulance service duties. The district will staff emergency medical crews at two fire stations. From local reports Got a news tip? If you have a news tip to report, call the automated hot line at (815) 455-21 59. Illinois Lottery Pick Three Midday: 7-8-6 Pick Three Evening: 7-3-0 II Pick Four Midday: 0-6-3-9 Pick Four Evening: 8-0-7-8 Lotto Jackpot $10 million .. Big Game Estimated Jackpot $5 million Wisconsin lottery Pick 3: 2-1-9 SuperCash: 4-7-22-28-29-35 Indiana Lottery - Daily Three: 7-0-5 Daily Four 1-2-5-9 Lucky 5: 7-15-33-35-36 Est Hoosier Jackpot $7 million Powerball Estimated Jackpot $20 million i n TtTTT om Road Continued from page 1 , Reaction to the plan from McHenry County mayors and village presidents was mixed. McHenry Mayor Steve Cuda said village and county officials should make their voices better heard. "I can't believe that McHenry County is the fastest-growing county in Illinois and there's no major new projects," Cuda said. "Whoever yells the loudest is going to get the money." County Transportation Committee members said earlier in the month McHenry County deserves a fair slice of the $440 million in state money for improving existing major roads, since it is not getting any new projects. But Ringwood Village President "Rick Mack said he liked that the Richmond-Grayslake Route 53 extension was left off the plan, because his residents have severe problems with it He also was gratified to see that the plan strengthens transit service throughout the area. "I believe so far the focus seems to be in the right place, especially with a transit-oriented development." Mack said. Mack and Huntley Village President Jim Dhamer are members of the regional Council of Mayors' Executive Committee,-who will vote on recommending the 2020 plan on Oct. 25. Wendy Correction Continued from page 1 Von Huben called her parents. March 18, asking for bus fare home. They sent $200 via Western Union and Von Huben picked it up. But instead of catching a bus;1 she and Howell ended up 60 miles north of Bradenton at a Flying J truck stop in Dade City on March 21. Howell called his father from the truck stop and said he planned to visit his grandmother outside Raleigh-Durham, N.C., before returning to Woodstock. Howell was found dead March 23 alongside some railroad tracks 60 miles north of the truck stop. He had been bludgeoned ' Von Huben was spotted a cou ple times in the Jacksonville, Fla., area within a few weeks after Howell's death. A person identifying herself as Von Huben also made a couple of calls from Kankakee in early June. ; "In the very beginning with all the media attention with the case when Jesse was found murdered that brought leads from all over the country," Woodstock Detective Sgt Kurt Rosenquist said. "Now things have pretty much trickled down to nothing," William Von Huben said. Rosenquist said he hopes the television show shakes out new leads in the case. "They've got a good record," Rosenquist said. "Hopefully their record will follow through with Wendy Von Huben case, and get us some good information." MeiMeall H Due to inaccurate information given to the Northwest Herald, it v was reported that two bartenders t at Pablo's Mexican Restaurant in Crystal Lake were fired after serving alcohol to a minor. The two bartenders resigned. 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