County Board Candidates: Ending Homelessness Not County Responsibility

Kay Bates, Sue Draffkorn, Craig Wilcox, Joe Calomino, Mike Skala, Andy Snarski, Jim Kearns, Kelly Liebmann, Preston Rea, Ersel Schuster faced the voters at McHenry County College Tuesday night.

Kay Bates, Sue Draffkorn, Craig Wilcox, Joe Calomino, Mike Skala, Andy Snarski, Jim Kearns, Kelly Liebmann, Preston Rea, Ersel Schuster faced the voters at McHenry County College Tuesday night.

Each night McHenry County Board members were asked about the County Board’s role in ending homelessness.

From left to right are County Board District 1 candidates Yvonne Barnes, Terence Ferenc, Anna May Miller and Tom Wilbeck; District 2 candidates Cameron Hubbard, John Reinert and Jeff Thorsen; and District 3 candidates Nancy Gonsiorek,

From left to right are County Board District 1 candidates Yvonne Barnes, Terence Ferenc, Anna May Miller and Tom Wilbeck; District 2 candidates Cameron Hubbard, John Reinert and Jeff Thorsen; and District 3 candidates Nancy Gonsiorek,

That took up one of the 6-7 questions asked candidates last Tuesday and Thursday.

Thursday I was quite disappointed that a question was not asked about Valley Hi’s $41.3 million surplus.

Instead the homelessness question was asked again.

Since League question screeners thought the subject so important, let me summarize the answers:

None of the candidates thought ending homelessness should be the responsibility of county government.

They were willing to pass Federal grants, but though social service agencies and churches should be in the forefront of the problem.

The League, it should be noted, called the Dole Mansion meeting that led to the creation of PADS.


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County Board Candidates: Ending Homelessness Not County Responsibility — 8 Comments

  1. Interesting.

    For a group of people who collectively voiced the opinion that it is not the County Board’s responsibility to end homelessness, they sure throw a lot of money and staff time (more money) at the issue!

  2. This is a so called Christian county and I wonder if Jesus would say I am not responsible for homelessness.
    C
    ould low paying jobs other than government jobs which Bruce Rauner’s turnaround agenda wants to cut cause homelessness?

    I wish these businessmen and politicians would like to live on wages from Walmart (one of the richest families in the nation) or Burger King?

    If Rauner kills unions no one will shop at stores because no one will have money.

    Taxes are too high in McHenry County and it isn’t the Federal government doing that it is local republicans who all point fingers at each other.

    Jack Franks is a repub also.

  3. And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

    For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,

    A stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’

    Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’

    He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’

  4. Personal charity is a virtue.

    Government handouts in order to buy votes is political corruption.

    Raising taxes in order to provide government handouts is theft.

  5. Therefore it is necessary to be subject, not only on account of wrath, but also on account of the conscience.

    For because of this, you also pay taxes; for they are servants of God, attending continually upon this very thing.

    Render to all their dues: tax to whom tax, revenue to whom revenue, respect to whom respect, honor to whom honor.

  6. karma, you’re such a friggin commie.

    Public Unions are crippling our states driving costs/property taxes out of reach.

    That’s why people are hightailing it out of IL because Public Union wages and Pensions are unsustainable!

  7. Jesus was speaking to the people as individuals, not to the government.

    He did not say let others deal with the issue on your behalf.

    Elsewhere, Jesus puts the burden on the lazy or able individual to get work or go hungry.

    He didn’t say it would be easy or glamorous.

    Charitable groups manage the issue far more compassionately and effectively than the government ever could.

    And an “Amen” to CharlesNelsonCPA.

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