8:30 Tuesday morning, the McHenry County Board’s Legislative Committee will consider a resolution for an advisory referendum to cut the size of the Board by one-third.
There are now twenty-four members elected from six districts.
The advisory referendum intends the remaining sixteen members to be elected from sixteen single member districts.
This is a proposal of Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo).
This is leaf from Governor Pat Quinn’s activist days in 1982 when he spearheaded the Cutback Amendment that cut the size of the Illinois House by one-third.
In counties with smaller county boards, there are higher salaries. (Salaries of county board members in the suburban metropolitan area can be found here.)
As I remember, Franks passed this legislation about a decade ago.
There are two triggering mechanisms.
One is by citizen petition.
Franks did not care enough about the issue to take that route.
The other is by County Board resolution.
Franks has asked the McHenry County Board to put the advisory referendum on the ballot.
If the Board members do so, Franks will be saved the effort of passing a petition.
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Putting on the hat I wore when I taught State and Local Government at Harper and Rockford Colleges, I would observe that members of the minority party have a better chance at getting elected in single-member districts than in multi-member districts.