A press release from McHenry County Board member Mary McClellan, a candidate for McHenry County Clerk in the March 18th Republican Party Primary Election:
County Clerk Candidate Mary McClellan Slams Opponent Provenzano for Participating in Illegal, Closed Door Meetings
WOODSTOCK, IL (February 19, 2014) – This morning, McHenry County Board Member and candidate for McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan blasted her Republican Primary opponent and fellow McHenry County Board member Nick Provenzano for actively and knowingly participating in a closed door, secret meeting with several other County Board members to attempt to redraw county districts more to their liking, without public input.
The Illinois Attorney General’s office concluded that this meeting violated the Open Meetings Act.
“The job of the County Clerk is to provide open and accessible government, through its record keeping and it’s administering of elections,” McClellan stated.
“If Nick Provenzano will violate Illinois law to attempt to draw a better district for himself in secret with a handful of powerful insiders, I do not think he is fit to run the McHenry County Clerk’s office.
“The public simply cannot trust him.”
Writing about this obvious and blatant violation of government transparency, the Northwest Herald concluded that the public is owed an apology.
However, thus far, Nick Provenzano has not apologized for his willful disregard for the public’s interest.
“My opponent has a track record of breaking public transparency laws and acting in his own self-interest,” McClellan stated.
“Nick Provenzano cannot be trusted by McHenry County residents to have their best interests in mind as County Clerk.”
Mary McClellan is an attorney who was elected to the McHenry County Board in 2012.
McClellan formerly worked in the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and now works in Cook County where she defends the county in civil rights, labor and employment cases.
She said her experiences, working her way from being a single mother through law school and elected office will serve county residents well.