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Our View: Voting lifts uncertainty

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

McHenry County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill gave her State of the County Address last week.

Hill touched on 2013’s successes and acknowledged the work that needs to be done in the future to enact change. She spoke about topics ranging from the Unified Development Ordinance to the Randall Road widening.

In truth, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding McHenry County.

The UDO, which updates all county development-related ordinances, such as for zoning, signs and subdivisions, and combines them into one document, still has to go through public review and several more votes before it goes to the full board.

A five-year capital plan is set to be tackled after being shelved in 2008 because of the recession. The plan will need to address space and technology needs with the specter of a tight budget hanging over it.

Randall Road improvements bring with it a discussion on a continuous flow intersection at Randall and Algonquin roads. More and more people are speaking out against the CFI, including stakeholders in Algonquin and Lake in the Hills.

Tuesday’s primary election does offer an opportunity to answer some of the questions hanging over county government.

The retirement of three longtime incumbents in key county government roles has paved the way for uncertainty. Voters in the Republican primary will get to decide who receives the party’s nomination for sheriff, clerk and treasurer.

Bill Prim and Andrew Zinke are in a fierce battle to replace Keith Nygren as sheriff.

County Board members Mary McClellan and Nick Provenzano want to replace Katherine Schultz as clerk.

Deputy Treasurer Glenda Miller and Crystal Lake City Council member Jeffrey Thorsen are vying to replace county Treasurer Bill LeFew.

There is still the possibility of these primary winners facing another candidate in November’s general election. Regardless, results in the GOP primary will lift some uncertainty.

Also up in the air is the future of the McHenry County Board’s chairmanship. A countywide referendum on whether this position becomes popularly elected will decide how different county government looks in the future.

By choosing to vote Tuesday, you can help shape the future of McHenry County. Learn about the candidates at NWHerald.com/election. Take that information and make an educated choice in the voting booth Tuesday.

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