Cliff Surges Decries “Cozy Relationship” Between Karen McConnaughay and Geneva Township Road Commissioner, who Rents Garage from McConnaughay Properties
A press release from Cliff Surges:
Cliff Surges Demands McConnaughay and Mark Wissing Explain Over $46,200 in Government Payments from Geneva Township to McConnaughay Properties since 2009
(Gilberts)- “The cozy relationship between political friends and the resulting cost to taxpayers is legendary in Illinois. We have seen it time and again in Chicago and Springfield. Unfortunately political cronyism, and pay-to-play, is alive and well in Karen McConnaughay’s Kane County and this is why we can’t afford to send her to Springfield,” said Cliff Surges, Business Owner and Republican candidate for the 33rd Senate District.
During the relationship between Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay and Geneva Township Road Commissioner Mark Wissing, McConnaughay supported Wissing in his bid to defeat Geneva Township Road Commissioner John Carlson in 2009, after Wissing had worked for her campaigns in 2004 and 2008 for Kane County Board Chairman.
Wissing won the election for Highway Commissioner in 2009.
There are only 10 miles of roads in Geneva Township that are still unincorporated, outside the city of Geneva limits.
Why would Wissing want the job and why would Karen McConnaughay want to help him get it?
The answer to that could be buried in public documents unearthed last week.
Since August 2009, the Geneva Township Road District has been making $1650 monthly payments to McConnaughay Properties for rental of a small, one bay garage space on Roosevelt Road in West Chicago.
Since August 2009, the taxpayers of Geneva Township have been on the hook for this payment.
Why does the Road District need this space now, if it did not need it before Wissing was elected?
Were there other places to rent, what other properties did Wissing consider, and at what prices, as an alternative to awarding this contract to his political sponsor?
Why not sell off excess equipment, rather than pay to store it?
When Wissing endorsed McConnaughay for Kane County Board Chairman for 2004 and 2008, in his capacity as Geneva Township Republican Chairman, it was just another example of cronyism.
This is done in a blatant attempt to fool good voters into thinking endorsements like this are legitimate.
It is just like
- the endorsement of McConnaughay by Ellen Nottke, the Batavia Township Republican Chairman who has received over $44,000 from the McConnaughay campaign fund for political work and
- the endorsement of McConnaughay by St. Charles Township Chairman Ken Shepro, who has made hundreds of thousands of dollars as McConnaughay’s appointed attorney for county business.
These examples of political payoffs and paybacks are disgusting,” said Surges.
“People are sick and tired of tax dollars being used by politicians to help their friends and family.
“The culture of corruption in Springfield is well-documented.
“We can’t send someone who has been practicing that style of politics in our home area down to Springfield where she will have an even bigger pool of tax dollars to waste.” Surges said.
“I call on McConnaughay and Wissing to explain this relationship and payments immediately.
“We, as taxpayers, do not have any patience or tolerance for secretive deals and tactics. Illinois residents deserve elected officials they can trust and respect,” Surges declared.