Ah, Executive Sessions.
Those secret meetings that make elected officials think they are more important than their constituents.
Boards can go behind closed doors for all sorts of reasons, but, in most cases, they don’t have to.
Consider discussion of court cases.
The last Algonquin Township Board did not kick the public out when it discussed the tax protest suit that was filed against it and the Road District.
Let’s look at the County Board Rule cited by attorney Franks that County Board members can’t talk about what goes on in Executive Session.
Regardless of what the Rule says, there is no law saying that people can’t reveal what is discussed in a secret meeting of a governmental body.
Crystal Lake Park Board member Leona Nelson was charged with that in a civil suit and, lo and behold, the park district attorney dropped that count from the suit.
The only thing keeping public officials from revealing something said in an Executive Session is peer pressure.
No Board Rule can do that.
Note that Franks cites no sanction for violating the Rule in County Board Rules or in state law.
Then there is the question of who informed Franks that Wheeler was in the 708 Mental Health Board meeting.
If is were Yensen, did she break the County Board Rule that Franks says that Chuck Wheeler broke by telling what happened during the top secret, hush, hush meeting?
And, by the way, did Wheeler tell anyone what happened at the meeting in question?
Franks cited no evidence of that.
Then there is the question of what motivated Democrat Franks’ attack on Republican Wheeler?
Wheeler’s attendance in an Executive Session of the Mental Health Board is not the only example of a County Board member who was not an official “liaison” to a subsidiary board who has been allowed to sit in on an Executive Session.
Will Franks write similar letters to those other County Board members threatening them with criminal prosecution?
He does favor equal protection under the law, doesn’t he?
Well, maybe not.
Franks sought special consideration of the hiring of his two patronage workers.
If he made an attempt to follow the County Board Rules, it is not evident.
Consider what Wheeler has done to irritate Franks.
He led the fight to prevent Franks’ appointing–Paula Yensen (the only Democrat; what a coincidence)–from being Chairman of the Board’s Public Health Committee.
Then, his fellow Republicans had the audacity to select Wheeler as Chairman of that same committee (to which the McHenry County Mental Health Board reports).
Next, Franks was not able to obtain the Chairmanship of the Human Relations Committee for Yensen.
Wheeler was one of those opposing putting a minority party member in charge of majority party members.
Wheeler blew the whistle on Franks’ patronage worker Oliver Serafini (official title–“Communications Specialist”) when he wore Jack Franks’ campaign stickers at the McHenry Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.
And Franks probably thinks Wheeler had something to do with State Rep. Steve Reick’s withdrawal as a County Board liaison.
Or could it be that Democrats just don’t like conservative blacks to hold public office?
After all, Democrats are the self-proclaimed “protectors” of people of color.
That reminds me of how Democrats attacked Chinese-American Perry Moy when he ran for re-election in 2006 after challenging Franks for State Representative.
My article was entitled,
Dare to challenge Jack Franks and expect retribution.
(Franks does like to demonize those who oppose him. I’m told he said I was anti-Semitic during his County Board interview at the Northwest Herald. Hard to know why my name came up. And, Franks apparently does not know that my daughter is Jewish.)
In short, Wheeler is not one of the Republicans who will roll over and play dead.