Former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster offers this opinion on the proposed ceding of legislative power to next year’s at-large elected County Board Chairman:
Past McHenry County Board Chairman, Tina Hill, State Representative Jack Franks and current County Board Chair, Joe Gottemoller, need to take a bow!
Not satisfied when voters said NO to the question of electing our county board chairman at large in 2012; they engineered a second vote in 2013, during a notoriously low voter turnout election, to accomplish their goal.
And yes, you can say these were two different questions.
Truth be told, county board members themselves didn’t have a clue of any differences other than the title of this NEW level of government.
County board members have called a May 1st special board meeting to take action on their updated board rules.
These rules will define how the chairman will interact with the 24 county board members.
As proposed, these rules give the chairman the ability to stack all committees with members who will deliver the chairman’s agenda.
Such power, handed to one person, is a reason the State of IL is in trouble; too few people are controlling elected boards and legislative bodies.
The 2013 county board committee charged with reviewing and recommending changes to the board rules, spent months addressing the issue of a more representative committee assignment process.
Control over committee assignments is one way to help ensure good government. The power brokers trounced the concept.
The public’s best interests would be served in dusting off the 2013 recommended changes and approving them.
Sad but true, these 3 people are now pushing to consolidate “other” governments.