Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Democratic Meet, Greet, and Sign Events in McHenry

McHenry favorite the Hidden Pearl Café will be the venue for Democratic Coffee with Candidates events and feature opportunities to sign nominating petition for the spring Primary Election.

Two Coffee With the Candidates events will be held at the Hidden Pearl Café, 1250 N. Green Street in McHenry, on Saturday, January 22 and Saturday January 29 each from 10 am to 7 pm. Candidates will be in attendance for public discussion each day from 10 am to 2 pm.

Congressman Brad Schneider running in the 10th District.

On Saturday January 22 candidates making presentations will be Congressman Brad Schneider running in the new 10th District, State Supreme Court candidates Rene Cruz, Elizabeth Rochford and Nancy Rotering, Appellate Court candidate Mike Cortina, McHenry County Clerk candidates Drew Georgi and Mary Mahady, and District 3 County Board Member Kelli Wegner.

                                    Congressman Bill Foster running in the 11th District.

The next Saturday will feature Congressman Bill Foster now running in the 11th Congressional District and other candidates to be named later.

The events are hosted by Democratic Precinct Committee Person Terry Kappel. Kappel said:

Due of the delay in final census figures and late redistricting nominating petitions for candidates on the ballot for the June 28 Primary have only just begun to be circulated. I have created this in-person event for Democratic voters to hear from the candidates whose new districts will include McHenry County as well as local candidates. It’s a chance for voters to sign multiple nominating petitions for candidates in a warm café rather than with their front door open for a volunteer in the middle of winter.

Precinct Committee Person Terry Kappel will host the candidate events.

Petitions will be available for signature throughout each event.

After candidate questions and answers live music will be provided by Democratic District 2 Chair John Labaj. Complimentary vegetarian chili, meatballs, and coffee will also be available.

Masks and proof of vaccination are required to attend the candidate forums. For more information contact Terry Kappel at 779 302-6212 or email


  1. Thank you for sharing this information, Patrick. The photo at the top is of the original location in McHenry, a half a block south on Green Street from the current, much larger venue. 1250 n. Green street.