Some more thoughts from District 3 Republican McHenry County Board candidate Mike Walkup about the County Executive form of government that Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks has gotten on the ballot:
“One of the things that can happen if a County Executive is approved by the voters on the November ballot is we will then have a CE who can veto actions of the County Board.
“Many such actions involve zoning and development petitions.
“People usually hire lawyers for those petitions, and there is a small group of local attorneys who tend to specialize in zoning and governmental law.
“If there is a CE, he can decide to veto any Board zoning approvals if the applicant is not being represented by a favored law firm and force a return to the Board to try to get an override of the veto.
“This will require a 3/5ths vote rather than the simple majority required for the original approval.
“On a 24 member Board this amounts to an additional 3 votes, not an insurmountable obstacle perhaps, but it could make a difference in some cases.
“It will definitely increase the time required and legal fees involved, and time is money when you are trying to get a major development started.
“Think: The Franks Family Law Firm, and various Chicago and Cook County law firms with Democratic connections if Jack Franks becomes the ‘County Czar.’
“Perhaps this is why it should come as no surprise that the first group to try to organize a PAC to oppose the CE referendum is headed by several local lawyers who all do real estate and government work.
“They will be organizing a speakers bureau to go around to local business groups and inform them of the danger posed by this form of government to their businesses.”