High above the Woodstock Square, a fundraiser for McHenry County Board member Micheal Rein was held in the office of Realtor Kim Keefe.
He told of spearheading rhe effort to lower the cost of health care for county employees, including County Board members.
That saves about $1.2 million a year…about four million over four years.
Rein fought County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ $4 million remodeling plan.
It ended up at $2.8 million with Rein leading the way to a more economical approach.
One involved the paying off a bond.
$586,000 was levied to pay off the bond last year.
Rein was the only person in district 5 who voted for Wilcox’s motion to give back $586,000 off of next years levy.
The bond that had expired now will go back into the General Fund.
This shows that the members that voted not to take it off of next year’s levy have no desire to lower taxes for next year.
The second effort to save money involved Franks’ intimidating County Administrator Peter Austin to hire two patronage employees without authorization of the County Board, as Board Rules require.
Again a majority of Republicans on the Board capitulated to Franks’ improper action.
Now, one of those patronage employees, Bridget Geenen is typing up and sending out congratulatory certificates to students who make the Honor Roll.