No way to sneak past Sarah and Chris Lauzen at Chris’ fund raiser in Aurora Saturday.
All the guests were funneled through one door.
Outside was Sarah greeting everyone.
Just inside was Chris greeting them again and posing for a photo.
In line just before me for the reknown Fay’s Pork Chops was 14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren.
The wait was not long because four lines were set up to serve the food.
I discovered that former Will County State’s Attorney, State Senator and Circuit Court Judge Ed Petka (R-Plainfield) and his wife Phyllis were standing behind me.
I asked him about the County Executive form of government which Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks is trying to impose on McHenry County and which now exists in Will County.
It’s worse than a I thought.
The Will County Board has essentially been neutered.
Every employee not under an independently elected official is appointed by the County Executive or someone he has appointed.
Sounds like a patronage bonanza for whoever wins the office.
And, the County Executive even proposes the re-apportionment map.
I’ve never heard of the head of an Executive Branch being able to reapportion the Legislative Branch.
Although not posing as an expert in the County Executive form of government, he told me the County Board can veto the County Executive’s redistricting suggestion, but, then the County Executive just offers another map.
“Would it be fair to characterize the County Executive a czar?” I asked.
“Czars have less power than a County Executive,” Petka replied.
There were lots of notables in attendance, but I noted that Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady, who inexplicably endorsed Lauzen’s opponent in the primary election, was not among them.
I was wearing one of my Donald Duck tee shirts. (None of which have I purchased. For some reason, my wife keeps giving them to me. I do admit to be one of the ones who yelled “Donald Duck” during the Mickey Mouse Club song…and Micky Mouse is so, well, Establishment.) I made contact with the young man you see above. I think that’s a cell phone with Donald’s face on it.
Looking the pigs over were former State Rep. Deloris Doederlein (R-East Dundee) and her friend Sue Ollman of Elgin.
I got a photo of Kane County Recorder of Deeds Sandy Wegman, whom I had not met until Saturday.
I took a couple of posed photos of her and Kane County Board member T.R. Smith, but Wegman would not be pleased if I published them. So, apologies to Smith.
I got close enough to take some photos of Lauzen giving his speech.
He was preceded by Congressman Hultgren. who sang the praises of Paul Ryan as the person chosen as Mitt Romney’s running mate.
As he was winding down, someone told me that I would not believe how Kane County government would change under Lauzen’s leadership.
Lauzen stress that he would
- freeze the county property tax levy
- treat people respectfully
- have an honest, competent administration through innovation and austerity
He also said he would “end the perception of pay to play.”
Lauzen said he would be approaching Kane County employers asking them what it would take for them to increase employment 25% in four years.