McHenry County College Continues Stalling Tactics in Attempt to Keep Ex-President Walt Packard’s Performance Evaluations Secret

This ostrich doesn't see the need to hide anything.

The title of this article could have been

Blogger Sued,

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.

Did you know ducks were bottom feeders?

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.

The Cook County Summons. Click to enlarge.

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.

Ex-President Walt Packard

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.

Other articles that might be of interest:

Freedom of Information Request for Walt Packard Performance Evaluations Hits MCC Nerve

Beaubien, Duffy, Franks and Tryon Vote Against Stripping Employee Performance Standards from Freedom of Information Act

Attorney General Rules McHenry County College May Reveal Walt Packard Percformance Evaluation

McHenry County College Continues Stonewalling on Release of Walt Packard’s Performance Evaluations


McHenry County College Continues Stalling Tactics in Attempt to Keep Ex-President Walt Packard’s Performance Evaluations Secret — 1 Comment

  1. The Education Business (which doesn’t like being called a business because “it” HAS to take ALL the children that come to its doors) is incredibly disconnected from the Voters and Taxpayers. Sitting on its high pedestal in the protected castle towers, it expects / DEMANDS respect and more and more revenue from the peasants outside the moat whether it is successful or not. SNIFF!

    You’d think that having given out so much money in its separation from Mr. Packard that the public should know what went wrong. Nah. That would be common sense and right. Instead it hides behind some version of personal confidentiality to protect its own. It screams loudly about group and individual successes and awards though.

    Wasn’t Mr. Packard supposed to do something in exchange for the nice goodbye bucks? Did he do it? Did the powers that be at MCC fail to enforce that part of the deal? Seems to me I saw an article in a local paper addressing that but don’t have the link right now.

    If he didn’t do what was reasonable in exchange for the deal, the money should be repaid. If the MCC powers didn’t enforce that part of the deal, they should all be gone. Was there really a deal in writing or was that deal just smoke and mirrors to make the story settle down in the news and to pacify the taxpayers?

    And we tell our children to tell the truth and to fulfill their obligations. What’s wrong with this Education Business picture?

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