Dillon’s Rule is a legal concept originating in Iowa which says that a local government can’t do anything it is not authorized to do by state law.
Now comes opponents of consolidating the McHenry Township Road District starting in 2021 with the part of McHenry Township rules by the Township Board, thus giving the Township Board control of the Highway Department.
I didn’t attend the McHenry Township meeting last Thursday, so I don’t know the details, but reading the article referenced below from the Northwest Herald should provide them:
McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, a former state representative, said the bill never got a hearing because it was such a “Looney Tune” …
The question to be considered by the Court would seem to be whether electors at an annual township meeting can order the township board to conduct a cost-benefit study.
Reading the articles below will give some idea of the power of voters at an annual township meeting:
- Power Taken Away from Citizens at Township Meetings Since 1960 – Part 1
- Power Taken Away from Citizens at Township Meetings Since 1960 – Part 2
- Power Taken Away from Citizens at Township Meetings Since 1960 – Part 3
Thanks to State Rep. Allen Skillicorn for commissioning the above study by the Illinois Legislative Research Unit.