A piece written by for McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster:
Federal Lobbyists Not Needed
It is difficult to believe those elected to represent us, at all levels of government, did not get the resounding message of the 2016 election.
Clearly, the public wants laws enforced, civil order and financial accountability.
Simply put, the public wants accountability from those they elect to office.
During the May 16, 2017 McHenry County Board Meeting it was clear that the majority of these folks had not gotten this message.
Once again they blundered through the legislative process by ignoring rules and procedures.
Just one example was an agenda item to approve a resolution approving a “lobbying firm” to help McHenry County find Federal funds.
That issue, in and of itself is debatable however, it is not the point of this article.
The motion to approve this resolution was amended by Member Michael Walkup.
The amendment was to send the resolution back to the Law and Government Committee for review.
That amendment failed.
During discussion it was revealed that rules/procedures were ignored as “someone” had this resolution slipped around the controlling committee and brought to the floor by the Finance & Audit Committee.
This appears to have been a calculated, back room move devoid of transparency.
As guardians of our tax dollars and way of life, county board members should be outraged that 3 or 4 people, are circumventing board rules and procedures.
While this may sound petty to many, there is critical rationale for these procedures.
In this case the resolution was to have originated in the Law & Gov. Committee then moved to the Finance & Audit Committee.
Once approved by both committees, it goes to the full county board.
While going through the process, the goal is to have a broad array of members delving into each specific issue.
These people have a tremendous range of personal, and county board experience and the process brings out the pros and cons of each discussion.
In this example, the elimination of a step begs many questions; top on the list was the suggestion there may be a “conflict of interest” that should have been addressed.
These things happen when “someone” believes a committee may be too tough on a proposal and there is good chance it will not survive the scrutiny intended.
When our county board members and the public stands down, going along with the agenda of a few, McHenry County moves closer to the methods, procedures and ways of Springfield.