Under member comments at Tuesday’s McHenry County Board meeting, McHenry’s Chuck Wheeler said the following:
Thank you Chairman Franks.
A few weeks our governor signed and placed into law the Trust Act.This bill is one of those things that was hastily drafted and riddled with “unintended consequences” Not only was it a bad idea but our sheriff’s office budgets over $8.2 million annually to the feds for holding federal detainees.
I believe our Sheriff Bill Prim and States Attorney; Patrick Kenneally should be commended for challenging this law and as the County Board I think we should draft a resolution in support of their actions along with supporting resolutions co-sponsored by our State Reps David McSweeney & Allen Skilkorn repeal laws of the Trust Act.
I would urge our citizens to call the governor to work on a compromise so that we will not have to raise taxes.
Our budget will be impacted negatively, and the citizens of McHenry County need to be sure that criminals are not out in our streets when they belong behind bars.
I would respectfully request that Law & Justice take up the matter and offer our officials support.
After all, Federal law trumps State law when there is a conflict.I would like to thank the chairman for inviting our Secretary of State to discuss with us the importance of us working together.
I think that that is important both across the aisle and within this aisle.
I feel that while we don’t have to agree with each other all the time but we can refrain from name calling and treat each other with respect and dignity.
I would also like to add that we are a public body beginning in an election cycle and in fairness we should extend the invitation to the other side to address the same topic in the near future.
Fair Is fair.
Thank you Mr. Chairman!