I am optimistic we can do better in Algonquin Township! When you all gave me the enormous honor to serve you as your county board member I made several promises to you – which I kept. I am making one of those promises now. I will not take the politician healthcare plan.
I am asking you to trust me… but verify me as well. I will lower the budget and levy of the Algonquin Township Road District. I will improve transparency. I will bring meaningful reforms to help all of us who live and reside here.
I hear you – while my opponent opines that there is not much he can do I simply say that is not true. There is so much we can do… and together we will. I am optimistic that together we can lower our property taxes.
The People’s Democratic Republic of Illinois Surrounded by the United States of America.
Lately I have been contacted several times, via email, to change my vote from Donald J. Trump to Hillary Clinton.
Now people should know (because I am getting website hits from all around the United States) that I live in the People’s Democratic Republic of Illinois. Our “state” is surrounded by the United States of America. It isn’t even arguable that the City of Chicago is the most corrupt City in America. Therefore, I cannot vote next week for Trump as the 20 Democrat electoral college voters will vote and not the Republicans.
What really ticks me off are all of these holier than thou electoral college voters who say they will not vote for Trump because they think Russia is involved or they need an intelligence brief. Give me a break – what the hell is wrong with you Chris Suprun? You have absolutely no idea how good you have it in Texas. Do you even have a security clearance (my TS/SCI is expired) to receive such intel?
Besides the weather, you have no idea just how bad we conservatives in Illinois have it. You wouldn’t understand. McHenry County pays the 29th highest property taxes in the UNITED STATES! Last year Illinois lost 200,000 people to other states because Michael Madigan and the Democrats have augured this state straight into the ground. I mean, he has been in office longer than I have been alive, and I am 44.
So many of us in McHenry County Illinois worked so hard to get Donald J. Trump elected and I am PROUD of the fact that McHenry County is the only “collar county” that went for Trump. And here you want talk about how angry you are and how upset you are? Come on up to Illinois and let me drive you around Cook County so you can really get torqued off. Frankly, it is shameful to me personally to see our own party refuse to support the President-Elect.
A Mind-Numbed Email From A Snowflake
I am quoting this verbatim:
given the current discussion about a possible Russian interference in distributing biased information to voters prior to the 2016 presidential election, do you believe that voting proceedings of the electoral college should go on as scheduled?
I would be grateful even for a Yes/No answer, but would also highly appreciate a brief statement if possible.
All answers will be used for academic research purposes only and will be treated with absolute confidentiality.
Thank you for your cooperation and for helping me with my research project.
And this is how I responded:
Dear Mr. Jackson,
Thank you for reaching out to me as it is an honor to speak about this important issue.
I am an electoral college voter in Illinois in the Republican Party. So you should know – first of all – that I will not be voting as Hillary Clinton won Illinois thanks to Cook County.
However, if I could vote I would vote for Donald J. Trump. Moreover, I think it is absolutely insane for people to switch sides (regardless of party) unless there are “high crimes and misdemeanors”.
This is the United States of America and we do not throw away our elections or our form of government because of something that might be “possible”… unless you want to talk about the voter fraud in Detroit where Jill Stein’s recount found out more people voted for Hillary Clinton than actually live there:
There is absolutely no way on God’s green earth that we should get rid of the electoral college. Sit down and think about it. If you go by just “the popular vote” you would only need to campaign in California, Texas, and New York.
Why on earth would you ever go to North Dakota, Oklahoma, or South Carolina? You should really take five minutes to watch this:
Finally – please remember that the United States of America is NOT a Democracy but a Representative Republic… if we can keep it.
I feel this answers your questions but you can always call me or email me for clarification.
Have a blessed day DeShawn,
McHenry County Board, District 1
Republican Electoral College Voter for the People’s Democratic Republic of Illinois
I kept my promise to turn down the politician pension plan.
Today was a wonderful day and it has filled me with optimism. Today your new McHenry County Board was seated and we began to do the important work. With 100 percent transparency almost everyone who spoke from Chairman Jack Franks to county board members made it a point to speak to our obscene property taxes.
Above are my comments to the county. When you elected me I made a promise to give you the 100 percent, no BS, truth on our situation. And while the tide is turning and we are starting to elect people who understand this – sadly some have still not got the memo. Some have still not somehow got the message that our citizens are being taxed out of their homes.
I hear you McHenry County. As long as I sit in the seat you all put me in I will make sure they hear you. I will never let you down and I will keep my word.
I am asking for your help
Please start calling county board members and other elected officials and tell them enough is enough. You need to tell them that we simply cannot afford the tax and abate schemes that are so prevalent in Illinois.
I am optimistic! I think we can improve on transparency at all levels of government.
A couple of years ago Algonquin Township Trustee Larry Emery asked for a list of roads that the township was responsible for. The list has never been online or otherwise been made available. Attached is an PDF that marries up to the map published last week. Included in this PDF spreadsheet are roads that fall inside the township boundaries as well as well as municipalities. Dedicated and Non-Dedicated Subdivision Roads are included. Also segment length is included.
So where did the data come from?
The data comes from a GIS system. GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. GIS systems are designed to capture, store manipulate, analyze, manage, integrate, and present graphically referenced data with the merging of cartography, stitiistical analysis, and database technologies. There are many useful applications from space based monitoring of our environment to the mapping of roads in Algonquin Township. Over the past few months our team has been blessed to meet some amazing people who know how to put together these maps and tools to allow us, the people of Algonquin Township, the ability to accurately see where our township roads are and where we can begin to search out efficiencies.
We at the campaign plan to improve on our GIS capabilities to show you some really amazing tools that we can use to help with things such as snowplowing and road work. We are looking good Algonquin Township!
I am optimistic! While the level of transparency is poor inside Algonquin Township from the Supervisor and Highways Commissioner perspective I am optimistic! There are basic things we can do to make our local government more open to the people. Simple things like this. Here is the highway map of Algonquin Township as provided by the official highway commissioner’s website:
…and here is the reality of the roads that the highway commissioner is responsible for:
Here is the map of all the Algonquin Township Roads that the highway commissioner is responsible for.
There is a key at the bottom of this map which explains the colors. Solid red lines are township roads and yellow/red lines are Non-Dedicated Subdivision Roads (NDR or NSR). This is basic stuff that should be on the official township website… but it is not. There is a map but none outlining the roads which the township is responsible for.
There are a lot of things we can do to make McHenry County and Algonquin Township a better place to live. Improving transparency at ALL levels is critical component of good government. Lets all work together on this to make it happen… and this is why I am so optimistic about the future of our county and our township!
While some people talk a good game about lowering taxes others walk the walk… I am trying to keep up. Some good things are happening in Cary and Fox River Grove. As the Northwest Herald reports Cary and Fox River Grove will have a chance to vote on property taxes this fall. Some of us on the county board and MANY of us inside the Township Republican Party know our taxes are out of control. Sadly – many politicians want to give excuses as to why we cannot lower taxes and special interests move in to prop up their bought and paid for politicians.
It sucks. The only way we can do anything is to get involved LOCALLY.
One thing you can do is think about attending local board meetings – especially school board meetings, library board meetings, park district board meetings and township board meetings. Just show up and watch everyone look at you like “what the hell are you doing here” only to come up and greet you like you were their best friend. Again, not politically incorrect – but true.
Another thing you can do is write a letter to the editor about taxes, boards, and issues you care about. I recently read two such letters to the editor on the McHenry County Board floor. Some us really are committed to this – others not so much. The longer I hold this prestigious position in government the more I realize this is not a Republican vs Democrat problem but a political class vs people problem.
Below are my comments to the McHenry County Board and her residents:
When you elected me I promised I would not take the politician healthcare plan, the politician pension, and I would term limit myself. I have kept my promises to you. I do not say these things to promote myself but because you expect me to tell it to you like it is – FULL TRANSPARENCY. Our property taxes are frigging ridiculous and we need to act.