There is a bit of irony of the McHenry County Democratic Party meeting in secret in the Lincoln Room of the Country Inn and Suites in Crystal Lake.
Irony because Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers is due to have a $25,000 payment made by McHenry County taxpayers for their County Board having violated the Open Meetings Act.
The “settlement,” which includes repeal of the County Board’s resolution approving Bruce Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda will be accompanied by Local 150 union members and other Democrats attendance at the meeting.
Reports are they want to make a scene.
But, back to the Democratic Caucus today, to which the public was not invited or welcomed.
OK. Maybe I don’t count as “the public;” just part of its eyes and ears.
I arrived shortly before the ten o’clock meeting began, went to the head of the room where Party Chairman Mike Bissett was putting up a map of County Board districts and asked if I could attend the meeting.
He said I couldn’t, so I left.
So much for McHenry County Democrats claim to favor transparency.
And there was no “late breaking news” about the secret meeting on the new knockoff blog of this site.
The purpose of the meeting was to slate candidates for countywide, legislative and county board candidates.
Once slated, candidates have to get as many signatures on petitions as they would have had they run in the Democratic Primary Election.