With permission of author Kelly Liebman of Wonder Lake, the following letter, which has been published in the Northwest Herald is re-printed:
We live in the state with the most imprisoned governors; where more than 1,500 public officials have been convicted on corruption charges since 1970.
Rather than serve the public that has elected them, politicians, along with government bureaucrats, have abused their entrusted power for private and personal gain.
According to the Journal of Comparative Economics,corruption lowers the rate of economic growth.
Corruption also creates the opportunity for increased inequality, it reduces investment and job opportunities, and makes corruption activities more attractive.
Bribery, extortion and blackmail can occur at any level and corruption in government can evolve on different scales.
Systemic corruption is the one which McHenry County residents must be most vigilant. Systemic corruption is primarily due to the weaknesses of an organization or process.
It can be distinguished with individual officials or agents complacent to misconduct or that act corruptly within the system.
By not attending an August 23rd Special Meeting called by county board members,
- Michele Aavang
- Kay Bates
- Chris Christensen
- Joe Gottemoller
- John Jung
- Jim Kearns
- Don Kopsell
- Mary McCann
- Bob Nowak
- Mike Skala
- Larry Smith
- Chris Spoerl
- and Paula Yensen
have shown they approve of corruption in government and care little about transparency.
Administrator Austin, Chairman Franks and other Elected Officials have preyed on the weaknesses of Board Members.
Systemic corruption has festered because the majority of Board Members accept and approve actions inconsistent with numerous County protocols and procedures.
Voters must remove corrupt board members from office with their votes in the upcoming elections.