McHenry Times, the publication overseen by Dan Proft, wrote an interesting story by Angela Underwood about the floor debate on Jack Franks’ bill to give him more power over McHenry County Board members than Mike Madigan has over Illinois State Representatives.
Before citing some of it, let me point out that Madigan can appoint chairmen and put Democrats on whatever committee he wants.
Republicans, on the other hand, are given committee assignments by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.
House Bill 171 would allow Chairman Franks to assign both the one Democrat and all twenty-three Republicans to whatever committee he desired.
The article recounts the defense that State Reps. Barb Wheeler and Steve Reick put up.
They must have done a good job because only one Republican, retiring Steve Andersson, voted with the Democrats to give Jack Franks more power.
Reick recounted the overwhelming defeat of Jack Franks-initiated referendum to create a strong County Executive form of govenment.
Wheeler added, “I was a McHenry County Board member for 10 years and each year we were able to adopt our own rules.”
“I have heard from many county board members, unlike what the sponsor said, they are not all in favor of this.”
Reick argued that any change in the committee appointment process should come from McHenry County voters.
He characterized the Franks’ bill as “a second bite of the apple.”
You can watch his speech here.
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