Just took a look at Senate Bill 2243, legislation introduced by State Senator Karen McConnaughay on October 18th.
It does the following:
Amends the Counties Code.
Provides that with the advice and consent of a majority of the county board, a county board chairman elected by the voters of the county may:
(1) create standing committees; and
(2) appoint members and chairpersons to standing committees.
This certainly appears to take power away that ordinary County Board members have today.
For example, the County Board continued the Human Resources Committee when Chairman Jack Franks wanted it abolished.
The County Board also approved Chuck Wheeler to chair the Public Health Committee, while Franks appointed the only Democrat, Paula Yensen.