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The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

This year, the staff of the McHenry Messenger reached out to as many candidates on the ballot as we possibly could, and we have gotten to know each race. Here are our endorsements.

Midterm elections candidate endorsements 2022

Editorial Board November 7, 2022

Though the president isn’t on the ballot, this year’s midterm elections are crucial; casting a vote this Nov. 8 is more important than ever. With issues like gun control, abortion and the economy...

Steve Reick, representative of the 63rd district in the Illinois House of Representatives, is a Republican running for re-election during the 2022 primaries.

Meet Steven Reick, the Republican running for Illinois State Representative

Lydia Lawrence, Business Director November 4, 2022

Steven Reick is a current Illinois State Representative for District 63. He is running for his fourth term against against Democrat Brian Meyers.   Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? As...

Mark Curran, the longest-serving sheriff of Lake County, is a Republican running for a spot on the Illinois Supreme Court during the 2022 midterm elections.

Meet Mark Curran, the Republican running for Illinois Supreme Court

Freedom Tomasello, Opinions Editor November 2, 2022

Mark Curran is a Republican running for Illinois Supreme Court against Democrat Elizabeth Rochford. he talks of his time as a sheriff, his qualifications, and faith ahead of the Nov. 8 Election. Read...

Allena Barbato, currently a Lake Villa trustee, is a Democrat running to represent Illinoiss 32rd state senate district.

Meet Allena Barbato, the Democrat candidate running for District 32 State Senator

Lydia Lawrence, Business Director October 31, 2022

Allena Barbato is an elected Lake Villa trustee in her fifth year. She is the Democratic candidate running for 32nd District State Senator against current Sen. Craig Wilcox. Read our interview with...

Dan Brady, who is running for Illinois Secretary of State, has been a Republicaion state representative in Springfield since 2001.

Meet Dan Brady, the Republican running for Illinois Secretary of State

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor October 28, 2022

State representative Dan Brady is a Republican running for Illinois Secretary of State against Democrat Alexi Giannoulias to fill current retiring secretary of state Jesse White. Dan Brady has been...

Brad Schneider, who represents the 10th District of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives, is a Democrat running for re-election in in this falls midterm.

Meet Brad Schneider, the Democrat running to represent Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor October 25, 2022

Congressman Brad Schneider (D-10) will be up for reelection against Joe Severino (R-10) in the Nov. 8 midterm election. He has represented Illinois’ 10th District, which includes Wonder Lake, in...

Activists react to the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling which overurns the landmark abortion Roe v. Wade case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 in Washington, DC.

Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Manager June 24, 2022

On Friday, June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court made the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending nearly half a century of protected, federal abortion rights. This means that it will be up to the states to...

The Scraps: Six Flags, finals, and overturning abortion

The Scraps: Six Flags, finals, and overturning abortion

Bee Myers and Lydia Lawrence May 16, 2022

 The McHenry Messenger · The Scraps: Six Flags, finals, and overturning abortion (Episode Four)   Part news, part commentary, The Scraps is a podcast that spotlights past pitches that weren’t...

Students and activists rally outside the DePaul University Loop campus, in Chicago, on May 3, 2022, in reaction to the leaked draft decision by the Supreme Court that showed the courts intention to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Leaked Supreme Court drafts show plans to overturn Roe v. Wade

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Director May 5, 2022

Justice Samuel Alito Jr. 's draft opinion on Roe v. Wade was leaked through the news site Politico on Monday night. The draft revealed that five of the nine justices want to overturn Roe and enforce stricter...

There are few topics more polarizing in the U.S. than abortion rights. With the Supreme Court set to weigh in on abortion bans in Texas and Georgia, more activists of all ages have stepped up to fight the law.

Opinion: Texas’s sexist abortion ban is also ineffective

Ella Trimingham, Copy Editor November 19, 2021

A woman sits in her doctor's office waiting to hear the news. “You’re pregnant.” her doctor says. She immediately goes into a panic knowing her life is now at risk, and she can do nothing about it.  The...

This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear cases that test whether Texas’s controversial abortion ban will stand — and ultimately overturn Roe V. Wade, which legalizes abortion.

Supreme court reviewing Texas abortion ban

Ella Trimingham, Copy Editor November 4, 2021

A law passed on Sep. 1 in the Texas state legislature bans abortions upon the detection of cardiac activity in embryos, which usually occurs after six weeks, before most women are even aware they are pregnant.  This...

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