McHenry County State’s Attorney Investigating Use of Taxpayer Funds
Illinois Policy Institute and the Northwest Herald have reported FOIA requests by McHenry County State’s Attorney seeking financial records from 2013-2017.
This comes on the heels of HB4244 introduced by Rep. McSweeney which would reduce the required amount of signatures to get a binding referendum for dissolving a township on the ballot in McHenry County.
The legislation reduces the signature requirement in McHenry only, from 10% to 5% of total voters.
It also allows a 365 day petition period.
“Sec. 24-5. Scope. The method of dissolution of a township in McHenry County under this Article shall be in addition to any other method of dissolving a township provided by law or otherwise.”
“Sec. 24-10. Definition. As used in this Article, “electors” means the registered voters of any single township in McHenry County.”
“Sec. 24-15. Petition requirements; notice.
(a) Subject to the petition requirements of Section 28-3 of the Election Code, petitions for a referendum to dissolve a township located in McHenry County must be filed with the governing board of the township, the county board of McHenry County, and the McHenry County Clerk not less than 122 days prior to any election held throughout the township. Petitions must include:
(1) the name of the dissolving township;
(2) the date of the dissolution; and
(3) signatures of a number of electors equal to or greater than 5% of the total votes cast in the township in the preceding election that is of an election type comparable to the election for which the petition is being filed; all signatures gathered under this paragraph (3) must be signed within 365 prior to the filing of the petition.”