The following letter to the Northwest Herald is from Greenwood Township Trustee Kelly Liebmann and is printed here with her permission:
County Board Size a Political Battle
It is easy to control, manipulate, reward, and fund the campaigns of a limited number of candidates. Use the “Illinois Integrity Fund’s” illegal political activities and smear campaigns against candidates who would challenge our Chairman Franks as the example.
Cook County’s 17 commissioners earn $85,000 base pay plus benefits.
Kane County’s 24 board members earn a $25,000 annual salary with benefits packages exceeding $20,000.
DuPage County has a six district, 18 member board with salaries at $52,102 plus benefits.
McHenry County Board’s 24 part-time board members earn $21,000.
Benefits included, the McHenry County Board Members and Chairman cost taxpayers over $977,800 annually.
If the Chairman and Ad Hoc Committee on Governmental Consolidation were serious about saving money, simply remove health and dental benefits for part time board members.
At a 2016 Crystal Lake Town Hall, Franks said, “We will be addressing ending healthcare benefits for County Board and County Board Chair.”
Why is that not happening?
Chairman Franks is using taxpayer funded health insurance benefits as a bargaining tool to maintain certain board members’ votes in Franks’ favor.
At Franks’ 2016 Huntley Town Hall Meeting, he stated, “We are going to have a binding referendum and we are going to reduce the size of the county board and go to single member districts, and at the same time we will do term limits for the chairman.”
Will we see a term limit referendum for the chairman position on the countywide ballot in November?
I can guarantee the answer is no.