The Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee unanimously approved a resolution against nepotism in its Tuesday night meeting at Crystal Lake’s McHenry County Republican Party Headquarters.
You can read the language pf the resolution below:
RESOLUTION – ALGONQUIN TOWNSHIP REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE
WHEREAS, public confidence in government is eroded when elected and appointed officials and public employees make decisions based on familial relationships rather than merit; and
WHEREAS, local government bodies are currently practicing nepotism; and
WHEREAS, the Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee recognizes that nepotism exists in all levels government; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that “nepotism” shall be defined as “patronage involving receiving a job, contracting, or monetary benefit of any sort bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics”.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the members of the Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee do hereby declare a formal objection to the practice of nepotism in government dealings; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that nepotism undercuts the transparency of government; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that nepotism shall be eliminated from the governmental hiring and contracting processes; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the members of the Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee shall support candidates and officials dedicated to the elimination of nepotism;
DATED at Crystal Lake, Illinois by the Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee this 10th day of May, A.D., 2016.
Before discussion of the resolution, Township Trustee Larry Emery read a statement from Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller. It discussed his wife and sons-in-law and the timing of their hiring. (When I’m sent a copy, you’ll see it on McHenry County Blog.)
“It’s a great place to start,” said Algonquin Township Precinct 27 Republican Committeeman Lino deCristofano.
Party Vice Chairman Chris Covelli stated, “There’s no doubt about it. Nepotism diminishes public trust.
“It reduces the morale internally.
“This is a starting point.”
Party Secretary Scott Vetter observed that the statement showed “how we want to react in the future.”
Courting the committeemen were Recorder of Deeds candidate Joe Tirio, County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup, State Rep. candidate Allen Skillicorn and McHenry County State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally.
Congressman Peter Roskam, who represents all of Algonquin Township, provided pizza for the night, most of which was consumed after the meeting adjourned.