Filed Friday was the following motion appointing Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney John Christensen to represent the County Board in Orville Brettman’s challenge of the referendum concerning the Regional Superintendent of Education.
State’s Attorney Kenneally is staturorily on the McHenry County Electoral Board that will decide whether the referendum language is legal.
The others named by the law are the County Clerk and the Circuit Clerk.
It would seem that he thought it would be a conflict of interest for his office to be on both sides of the question.
Here is the question:
“Should the McHenry County Board pursue a new structure of the office of McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Schools, or enter into an agreement with another Regional Office of Education to share it’s services?”
McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks took ownership of the referendum when he brought the subject to the County Board even though it had been rejected by the Public Health and Community Services Committee.
Franks immediately went on the attack, according to the Northwest Herald, demanding that County Clerk Tirio and all in his office not take part in the Electoral Board’s decision-making.
Strangely, he cited Tirio’s suit against the so-called Illinois Integrity Fund, which Frnaks had not admitted to having anything to do with.
Threatenting Tirio, Franks told the NWH that he would “ask the appropriate legal authorities to investigate,” if Tirio did not recuse himself.