Former McHenry County Board member and District 6 candidate Ersel Schuster’s take-away from last Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting:
A very telling, and otherwise interesting bit of information surfaced during the 10/12/17 McHenry County Board’s Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting\ (www.co.mchenry.il.us/meetingportal).
At issue is a stand-alone resolution included in the board’s 10/17/17 business agenda.
This resolution is crafted with the goal of preventing countywide elected officials from participating in the long-established, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), retirement program.
A brainchild of McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, it has been heard to have been labeled “just another political stunt.”
Moreover, the concept has already been rejected in other counties.
Discussion on the subject was long, including numerous unresolved questions, suggestions and challenges.
Also presented was an alternative resolution.
The Chairman, from the podium, argued and defended his masterpiece suggesting that his was the legally viable option despite not having been reviewed by the county board’s legal team.
When it began to look as though the alternate resolution was gaining support, the Chairman, put a punctuation mark on his argument by stating
“14 members already agreed with his proposal.”
The practice of working county board members over, one at a time, without the transparency of regular and open meetings, is exactly what most right-thinking voters strenuously object to.
Exposed by that statement was a clear and real-life definition of
- “Springfield type”
Clearly, this is a deliberate and malicious method of circumventing normal procedures, practices and policies of the county board.
Ultimately, he is treating board members as bumbling lackeys as they yield to his tactics.
All from the very person who continually claims, via personal declarations, that he has brought open and transparent government to McHenry County.
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The topic will be discussed at tonight’s meeting, which starts at 7 and can be heard and seen here.