On October 6, 2015, the McHenry County the McHenry County Board voted down proposals to allow citizens to vote on whether they wanted to consolidate various townships.
The vote was defeated 9-13.
In early December, Wonder Lake’s Bob Anderson filed an Open Meetings Act complaint with the Public Access Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
He claimed that the votes of Michele Aavang and Mary McCann were invalid.
Aavang was in Washington, D.C., attending a Farm Bureau meeting.
At the beginning of the meeting, a vote of the Board allowed her to participate remotely.
McCann, who attended the meeting, had to leave before the vote was taken to catch a plane at O’Hare.
Before the vote Donna Kurtz challenged the right of McCann to vote by telephone. Chairman Joe Gottemoller agreed, pointing out that she was leaving on vacation. (Board minutes are here.)
By voice vote, the Board passed a motion allowing McCann to vote by phone.
Below is the determination of Supervising Attorney Joshua Jones:
As you can see, Anderson’s complaint that Aavang and McCann should not have been allowed to vote by phone was upheld.
It is something of a pyrrhic victory for Anderson, because, even without those two votes to kill the township consolidation referendums, the motion would have still failed.
The opinion will be indexed in the Attorney General’s Office under