Tea Party activists are prominent in Will County.
Tea Party folks aren’t keen on any level of government prying into what they consider their private affairs.
Maybe that explains why there was a County Board movement to ban the use of aerial photographs to enforce zoning violations.
Democratic Party County Executive Larry Walsh decided to cut the privacy advocates off at the pass, so to speak, by issuing an Executive Order prohibiting the County’s land use department from initiating any investigations.
Fellow Democrat Reed Bible complained Walsh was “pandering to anti-government sentiment,” according to the SouthtownStar.
I talked to Curt Paddock, the head of the Will County Land Use Department and he said,
“The situation that the ordinance would prohibited is an activity that doesn’t occur anyway.”
McHenry County has used aerial photos to initiate zoning complaints, I have been told.