Comments are filtering out about what occurred at the handpicked and screened Republicans allowed to meet with Governor Bruce Rauner last Saturday.
It is evident that at least GOP Chairman Diane Evertsen (whose husband was Hartland Township Supervisor) and County Board member Jim Kearns (former Independent Grafton Township Supervisor elected as a Republican to the County Board) pressed Rauner to defeat David McSweeney’s bill to allow voters to abolish a township’s government at a referendum after gathering a lot of signatures to put it on the ballot.
“What I stand for is local control,” [Gov. Bruce Rauner] told the Northwest Herald Editorial Board on Friday morning as he visited McHenry County to pitch why voters should elect him for a second term.
“The people of McHenry should be empowered to make their own choices very easily.” […]
State Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, filed a bill in January that would give voters an opportunity to eliminate township government with a majority vote.
The move would shift the services provided by townships to local municipalities and the county. […]
Rauner stands behind efforts such as McSweeney’s.
“Let’s empower local residents to figure it out,” Rauner said.
“Let’s free up the people of Illinois and give power to the people to decide, and I’ll think we’ll get to a good solution.”
Northwest Herald last night…
Rauner spoke in general terms about the bill and commented that he usually does not support bills that focus on one county in particular.
He prefers legislation that carries statewide effect, GOP sources who attended the meeting said.
Editor Rich Miller then comments,
“He doesn’t want to sign McSweeney’s bill because it’s only about one county?
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Of course, a statewide bill would have no chance of passing.