From McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Diane Evertsen:
Call To Action
HB 3317 has been introduced in Springfield by Representative David McSweeney, after working with Mr. Franks.
A copy of the Bill [can be found here] so that you can read through it in it’s entirety.
Some of the points which make this extremely poor legislation are:
1. This legislation applies to McHenry County only.
2. County Chairperson (or HIS DESIGNEE) sets the Agenda for ALL meetings, including all committees.
This allows the Chairperson to easily control what will and what will not come before the full Board for their decision-making role, the purpose for which they were elected by McHenry County voters.
3. This legislation would eliminate the office of County Auditor.
This office, which is currently controlled by an Auditor who is elected by and answerable to McHenry County voters, is one of the ‘checks and balances’ of county government.
4. The legislation would allow the Chairman to (‘may’) appoint an Inspector General.
a. This IG would answer ONLY to the Chairman who appointed him. The objective of ‘checks and balances’ within government would be lost.
5. Chairman MAY reduce or veto ANY appropriations made by the Board.
a. Under this provision, the Chairman would control all funding to all departments of the County government, which means one person would have total control over every funding aspect including Health Department, Transportation, Sheriff, Treasurer, Building and Zoning, etc.
6. Chairman may hire independent counsel and/or Parliamentarian for his sole and exclusive use, the cost of which will be borne by whichever department the Chairman chooses.
7. Chairman office becomes a separate and distinct entity from the County Board.
a. This allows the Chairman virtually unlimited budgetary expenditures and limitless staff.
Please read the attached bill carefully and you’ll find other items which are cause for concern.
You will recall that it was not long ago the Chairman was eager to eliminate the office of Auditor and together we stood strong to keep a very well-credentialed
individual in that position. All or most of the items addressed in this proposed piece of legislation continue to be end runs-around the elected County Board and the voters of McHenry County.
You may want to take a minute to contact Rep. McSweeney and address some of the issues in this proposal.
(217) 782-1517 (Springfield)
(847) 516-0052 (Cary)
(847) 516-8164 FAX
You may also wish to share your support of McHenry County voters with local newspapers.
Thanks for all you do!