The township abolition bill that State Rep. David McSweeney got passed Tuesday talks of two methods to trigger a referendum.
The first would allow a township board to schedule one.
That is what probably happen in McHenry Township, where township government opponent Bob Anderson can probably muster the needed three votes.
It is unlikely any other townships will follow that example.
That being the case, citizens who would like to save the 10% mandated by the prospective law will have to pass petitions.
The table below shows the number of needed signatures in each of McHenry County’s seventeen townships.
Some may think providing this information is way ahead of the game.
To them, I would point out that a member of the Senate Democratic Party Leadership, Terry Link, is Senate sponsor of McSweeney’s bill.
That means it will pass, leaving only Governor Bruce Rauner’s signature before it becomes law.
And, why is Link sponsoring the bill?
Here are two reasons:
- townships are often the farm team for Republican candidates
- Democrat Jack Franks would play a dominant role in the duties of abolished township governments into McHenry County government
Rauner has made a big deal about consolidation, of the lack of necessity for the tremendous number of local governments. so a bill signing is expected.
The deadline for filing the township abolition petitions is August 20th.