Liebmann Reminds Voters the County Executive Referendum Lost

A letter to the Northwest Herald printed with permission of author Kelly Liebmann of Wonder Lake:

During inauguration ceremonies eight years ago, reporters described how our system of government is exceptional because power is handed over peacefully to a new administration, regardless of a contentious election.

I wish the same could be said about McHenry County government.
This letter is to remind readers, the County Board, Chairman Jack Franks, County Administration, and the State’s Attorney’s Office that in 2012, voters rejected the County Executive form of government by almost a two-to-one margin.

County Executive referendum results without early and absentee votes.

Voters did not, and do not want, the County Board chairman to have any type of power resembling a county executive, including

  • the additional costs of executive branch employees,
  • separate legal counsel,
  • executive assistants or
  • communications specialists.

    Franks’ actions continually overstep the intended power of the office, while circumventing protocols and violating fundamental management controls.

The chairman’s hiring of two employees with the help of Administrator Peter Austin could subject taxpayers to costly discrimination lawsuits.

The erosion of hiring and appointing processes will corrupt McHenry County, its employees and elected officials.

Residents gave the County Board direction with their vote on the 2012 County Executive referendum.

We do not want the chairman to have executive powers or cost taxpayers additional money.

County board members must take back the power of the board. Follow board rules.

Advise the State’s Attorney Office that legal opinions are not to be given to the chairman.

Instruct the administration to follow procedure and protocol.

The chairman should have very limited power because the voters want it that way.


Liebmann Reminds Voters the County Executive Referendum Lost — 18 Comments

  1. Unfortunately too many of those same voters populated the County Board with too many spineless wonders!

    Time for the voters to go to the meetings and make public comments!!!!

  2. Look at electoral statistics:
    Trump received 71,612 votes
    Kirk received 72,296 votes
    Franks received 80,076 votes

    Who CARES about a County Executive referendum that was voted down by 58,000 votes when Franks outpaced Republicans on the national ticket by 8,000 votes?!

    We call that a mandate.

    Second, if a job posting lays vacant for 90 days, Peter Austin can reassign the funds/position where he sees fit.

    The board’s human resources committee cannot amend the rule because

    (1) Franks won’t call a vote on the issue and

    (2) there isn’t a chair to the committee.

    So, Kelly, you are literally spinning-your-tires-stupid to think the board can change anything.

    Finally, in reference to the last paragraph, the only ‘voters’ who want to amend the process are disaffected mooks in the Cal Skinner corner like yourself.

    The Meds,
    Take them.

  3. Voters knew about the pros and cons of the Executive form of government.

    The vote for the “Little Liar” was based on a con and a lack luster campaign for the guy running as a Republican.

    Now the voters are observing the con with no pros.

    We are observing the Alinsky rules in County government:

    1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

    2. Never go outside the experience of your people.

    3. Whenever possible, go outside of the experience of the enemy.

    4. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.

    5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

    6. A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.

    7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.

    8. Keep the pressure on with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.

    9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

    10. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

    11. If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

    12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

    13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

  4. And again he is gonna cost us taxpayers $$ when does the madness end take away the POSITION and save us All some $$.

    Also, he will not need 3 people then he hired backdoored they can get canned too.

    Let the dogs out.

    I’m sick of all of this $$ being wasted on gladhanding, backslapping crap!

    It amazes me how unashamed and uncouth these people are, they have done it so long they think its normal!..

  5. I’m guessing Franks didn’t expect letters against him to be written after the election.

    I hope to see more letters from others in the future to keep voters educated on both sides.

  6. Yes, Bot, after a job posting exceeds 90 days, Austin can reallocate the resources.

    Also, Creepy Cal Skinner forgets to point out that the line item for the chairman’s budget mysteriously vanished in the December budget (also the same budget that didn’t include the $80k) prior to Franks taking office.

    Creepy Cal Skinner also fails to disclose that nearly all regional Chairmen have a budget for staff.

  7. The chairman’s hiring of two employees with the help of Administrator Peter Austin has subjected taxpayers to a Costly Co Board Chairman.

    His actions don’t align with his Cut 10% promise costing taxpayers 3x what the Co board chairman should cost the county.

    Austin should be fired for not consulting the board.

    He’s clearly not working for them, or in the best interest of the county.

  8. Funny how County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller didn’t need them.

  9. Franks spent $450,000 on his campaign while Walkup only $17,000.

    Franks beat Walkup by 15%.

    Hardly a mandate.

  10. Moderate the Administrator MAY be able to reallocate resources below certain amounts, but he cannot create job positions.

    Those must be approved by the county board.

  11. Reality – Please show me where you think that exists.

    Also, Cal, thanks for confirming that the county board removed the budget for the chair out of the December budget.

    We call that partisan hackery.

  12. Also, Loony Liebmann forgot to say that the voters did create a new countywide elected chairman position that has more statutory powers and is treated like every other county wide elected official, such as the states attorney and the sheriff who are able to hire and fire.

    I don’t hear Loony Liebmann calling for the firing of one of Keaneally’s 14 staffers.

    Because the board failed to create a line item simply means they broke the law.

    Because they broke the law is not a reason that they are able to try to break it again.

  13. Try reading the Constitution again and tell me what section covers the McHenry County Board Chairman in a fashion similar to the State’s Attorney.

  14. LTResident :

    Long day, but just sitting here catching up on the blog and saw your comment “Let the dogs out”.

    Happened to run into an old friend today after many years while having lunch at a local pub; he told me of a rumor he had just heard regarding all of the ‘difficulties’ going on at the County since the election.

    I won’t repeat the tale except to say you might just be about to get what you asked for.

    My response to him after he told me what he had heard was ‘I thought he was dead’.

    Kinda put me in mind of a movie line I heard once but I can’t quite place it.

    If he was right we won’t have to wait long.

  15. @Wizard of id

    The line is from one of my favorite Duke Westerns, “Big Jake”

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