With State Rep. Jack Franks acting as if he is running for County Executive, instead of County Board Chairman, I’m wondering if a victory from him will result in a full-fledged war between him and what will be a Republican-dominated County Board.
We know that half of the County Board will be Republicans because they are not up for election.
Assuming one of the remaining seats is filled by a Republican, the GOP majority will continue.
The next Board Rules allow its members to select committee chairman and assign members to committees.
The new, at-large elected County Board Chairman has no role.
Or might he?
What if Jack Franks, if elected County Board Chairman, refused to put the Board’s selections on the County Board Agenda?
Could the County Board add that item to the agenda?
What if Franks decides that he is going to nominate the committee chairmen, even though the Board Rules do not give that authority to the new Chairman?
Let’s say the new County Board refuses to agree.
Could they move to replace Franks’ nominees with their own?
If Franks ruled such a motion out of order, I’m thinking the most used motion of the next four years–“Mr. Chairman, I move to overrule the Chair”–would be made.
And if Franks refused to recognize that motion, what then?
I figure there would be dueling court cases while County bills would might not be paid, just as Franks has seen his Springfield leader, Mike Madigan, arrange for state government.
This will be good for newspapers and I can envision Chicago TV coverage, but, just as in state government, such distinction will n ot be good for citizens, vendors and taxpayers.