Appointed in 2009 when predecessor Rob Blagojevich was impeached, Governor Pat Quinn stood for election.
Right after his only election, Quinn convinced losing Democrats to increase the state income tax by 67%.
Lots of them got cushy state jobs.
Now three days before he leaves office, the House Republican staff has verified that Quinn has signed Senate Bill 3341, the bill that allows the McHenry County Conservation District to sell bonds without voter approval that they would not have been able to sell had the legislation not been signed.
(The House Staff’s source is an email from Jay Curtis, Quinn’s Legislative Director.)
Not that any reader of McHenry County Blog doesn’t know this, but the bill was sponsored by
- State Senator Pam Althoff
- State Senator Karen McConnaughay
- State Rep. Mike Tryon
The other legislators representing part of McHenry County to support the legislation were State Representatives Barb Wheeler and Tim Schmitz (recently retired).
Opposing the legislation were
- State Rep. Jack Franks
- State Rep. David McSweeney
- State Senator Dan Duffy
As you can see from the MCCD missive sent County Board members and legislators, the campaign against enactment of the non-referendum bonding authority caught the attention of the Conservation District.
It might be worth remembering that when Steve Willson wrote McHenry County College Board President Mary Miller, she did not ignore his letter.
That gave Willson the ability to engage the junior college on its mega-expansion plans, which included a physical fitness center that would compete with private enterprise, as will as the soon-to-be-expanded YMCA.
One can predict there will be a rebuttal to the MCCD defense to County Board member Andrew Gasser’s comments at the last County Board meeting, which have been uploaded to YouTube. The result is not just a talking head. It is a presentation of his argument, complete with the comparison chart that MCCD’s letter criticizes, as well as other slides summarizing his position.