Multiple sources have told McHenry County Blog that the McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s Office is making contact with the three newly-elected members of the County Board to advise them of the conflict of interest that would exist if they did not resign their current posts.
The three and their current positions follow:
- Carolyn Schofield, Crystal Lake City Council
- Mike Skala, Huntley District 158 School Board
- Mike Walkup, Crystal Lake Park District
Of the three, Walkup has resigned as of midnight Thursday, November 15th.
Schofield has announced her intention to resign.
Skala has said that he does not intend to resign until February.
In the article linked above, you can read 1993 opinion from Attorney General Roland Burris that concludes serving on a school board and a county board at the same time is “incompatible, and one person may not serve simultaneously in both offices.”
Delaying his resignation from the School Board until February would allow the remaining members of the Board to appoint his replacement for the next two years.
Resignation prior to being sworn into the County Board would allow people to run to fill the remaining two years of this term.
Pete Gonigam at First Electric Newspaper has details of Skala’s resignation plans.