The title of this article could have been
but there’s enough drama without bringing that up.
Or the headline could have been
“MCC Sues MCC Founder.”
I even have a ribbon from the dedication of the current campus saying that around here somewhere.
In the worst way, a majority of the McHenry County College Board want to keep its evaluation of of ex-President Walt Packard secret.
The strategy continues to be to run out the clock in the hope that the Illinois General Assembly will override Governor Pat Quinn’s amendatory veto on House Bill 5154 , which, in its amended state, would continue to allow the public to view performance evaluations of people like Packard.
The bill passed 70-39 in the Illinois House and 49-9-1 in the Illinois Senate. On July 26th, the Governor filed his amendatory veto. A bare majority is all it takes to override an amendatory veto.
So, you can see the college law firm is expecting the law to change as soon as the fall veto session takes place after the election.
So, what strategy does the esteemed firm of Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor advise.
Slip, slide and duck.
The latest ploy is to file suit against the Illinois Attorney General and yours truly for Administrative Review.
Not in McHenry County, but in Cook County.
The assertion of the suit is Public Access Attorney Matthew M. Sebek’s opinion “is not in accordance with the law.”
That is pretty much what Sheriff Keith Nygren is doing with Zane Seipler’s attempt to regain his job has a deputy sheriff.
An administrative body has made a ruling that someone does not like. The someone, be it Sheriff Nygren or the McHenry County College Board, has the right to ask a judge to overturn the administrative ruling.
Of course, with the way our court system works, that will take time.
In the case of the MCC suit, my guess is that the vote will be held on whether or not to override Governor Quinn’s amendatory veto before a judgment is rendered.
And, given all the patronage workers in both parties who don’t want people to be able to see what their supervisors think of their job performances, my prediction is that the bill will be approved in its original condition and the McHenry County College Board members can continue to hike some of the real reasons that Walt Packard was ousted.
Incidentally, there are a couple of MCC Board members up for election. Petitions are now available for circulation.
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