One big fight last week was over whether voters should follow Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks’ leadership and create a County Executive form of government. (See “Jack Franks Gets Spanked.”
When I wrote my article predicting the outcome, it was failing 2-1. That was with 44% of the precincts reporting.
After including them all and folding in the absentee and early votes, the pretty much final total was 64%-36%.
But, regardless of whether the referendum passed or not, County Board members would still be selecting a person to be County Board Chairman for the next two years.
Will it be a continuation of Ken Koehler at the helm again?
Or will it be one of two women seeking the post:
- Tina Hill
- Ersel Schuster
Hill announced her candidacy to the public in mid-July on McHenry County Blog.
Schuster’s efforts have been more behind the scenes.
The public is pretty much cut out of the maneuvering.
So, in an attempt to allow more interaction among the newly-elected board members and their constituents, I’m going to do some speculation about who might be supporting whom.
My best guess is that none of the three candidates has the thirteen votes necessary.
Some of the following members and members-elect names are shown as supporting a particular candidate based on political connections, future ambitions, personal connections, past alliances, current alliances, promises of appointments, past slights, personality disagreements, wanting to support the winner, etc.
In other words, the usual type of motivations for voting in favor or against a person to lead a legislative body are in play.
None of this usually has much to do with the public’s wishes.
But, this year, being forewarned, so to speak, you can call your County Board members and express your opinion of whom they should support for County Board Chairman.
If you would prefer to have a direct vote, ask them to put a referendum on the ballot this coming spring that would allow a vote on the matter.
You might suggest that if they can approve a ballot question whose passage would raise our taxes by 10 cents a $100 of assessed valuation, they ought to be able to approve a resolution allowing people to vote on whether to directly elect the County Board Chairman or not.
The ten I think likely to support Ken Koehler follow:
- Michele Aavang
- Yvonne Barnes – 847-516-2719
- Sue Draffkorn – 815-653-6057
- Joe Gottemoller
- Ken Koehler – 815-459-7841
- Bob Martens
- Mary McCann – 815-568-1061
- Nick Provenzano – 815-355-8540
- Carolyn Schofield – 815-455-9550
- Mike Skala
The eight I believe could well support Tina Hill are
- Nick Chirikos – 847-658-3434
- Tina Hill – 815-347-4222
- John Jung – 815-338-6201
- Mary McClellan
- Anna May Miller – 847-639-5112
- Robert Nowak – 847-516-9637
- Sandy Salgado – 815-271-5293
- Paula Yensen – 815-404-3918
I peg Ersel Schuster with six votes, but, certainly could be wrong because the negotiation process for legislative leadership is in flux.
- Diane Evertsen – 815-943-3298
- John Hammerand – 815-728-0700
- Jim Heisler – 815-459-1971
- Donna Kurtz -815-788-0632
- Ersel Schuster – 815-338-2207
- Mike Walkup – 815-459-7090
Of course, Democrats Chirikos and Yensen could just voter for Yensen until one of the candidates reaches eleven votes and then attempt to trade their votes for the chairmanship, say, of the Finance Committee.