An editorial in the Chicago Tribune uses a study by former Alderman Dick Simposon (now a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago campus), Marco Rosaire Rossi and Thomas Gradel to comment on the “pliable” Chicago Aldermen.
Instead of being a check and balance on Chicago’s Mayor, the Tribune points to their “indentured servitude.”
The Chairman of the McHenry County Board is structurally a weak Chairman.
Consider the contract of County Administrator Peter Austin.
He reports to the County Board.
Not that you would know it since he was intimidated by Jack Franks in his first month in office to hire two unauthorized patronage employees and subsequently refused to place items on her committee agenda requested by Yvonne Barnes, even in the face of a McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Opinion.
There are a lot of similarities between Rahm Emanuel and Jack Franks.