McHenry County Board candidate and former County Board member Ersel Schuster offers kudos to members who signed a letter in opposition to Jack Franks’ House Bill 171:
A Thank You Note to County Board Members
Better late than never does not always give comfort; however, that is the best residents of McHenry County can expect from most of our county board members.
Specifically, we are talking about HB 171… a bill amending the County Code, giving elected county board chairmen control over the appointment of board members to committees and committee chairmen positions. I
n other words, it hands off the power to stack committees with a majority of “friendly” votes for the Chairman Jack Franks’ personal agenda.
Once again, this is an end-run around board members, especially since word is that the chairman was seen in Springfield working his ex-colleagues to pass the bill.
If this is the case, our board members have greater problems than we could have ever imagined.
This means he was lobbying for his personal-self-interest, without county board input or specific direction and, on the county taxpayers dime!
While many have worked to call this issue to our county board’s attention, members are finally beginning to grasp the unintended consequences of this legislation.
The more we learn about it, the clearer it becomes that we, McHenry County voters, are once again being kicked to the curb.
This legislation literally grew out of nowhere; arrived in Springfield during the fall veto session; and, had little discussion before moving to the governor’s desk. Most critical, there was zero input from the county boards where the repercussions of this law will land.
In other words, our own elected officials were broadsided… again.
Those pushing the bill suggest that a last-minute amendment would require county board approval of the chairman’s committee appointments.
They seemed to think that is ok.
Experience, and the record shows that our good old boys and girls on the board have been far from willing to work for us, the taxpayers, and have been unwilling to stand up for their own board rules. [For instance, the right under County Board Rules for committee chairman to set their committee’s agenda. Jack Franks will not allow that. He sets all committee agendas.]
Having made these comments, thanks must be given when/where thanks are due.
In that spirit, thank you McHenry County Board members for drafting a letter to the governor asking him to veto HB 171.
Thanks also to those members who made themselves available to sign the document. Not available, or refusing to sign, were:
- Michele Aavang
- Mike Skala
- Robert Nowak
- Paula Yensen
Assuming the governor has not signed this bill at the time this is posted, you are urged to let him know that he should veto HB 171 until those local entities, affected by such legislation, have an opportunity to participate in the discussion necessary to make an informed decision on the matter.
Send your comments to: https://www.illinois.gov/gov/contactus/Pages/VoiceAnOpinion.aspx
Or, if it is more convenient, call 217-782-0244