Here is what Mike Buehler told the McHenry County Board last night:
My name is Mike Buehler and I am a resident of Crystal Lake.
Thank you to the entire board for the opportunity to make public comment tonight.
First of all, I want to let you know that I am NOT here tonight to cast judgement regarding the recent allegations against chairman Franks.
I am here to respectfully ask the board, as leaders of the community, to find the courage to ask a few very pertinent questions that directly affect the citizens of McHenry County.
The people deserve better than to have us bury our heads in the sand when a dark cloud looms over the districts.
As reported in the Chicago Sun times on Feb 2nd, Speaker Madigan asked Illinois Secretary of State Capitol Police to ban Mr. Franks from entering the Capitol without an escort.
This extraordinary action was taken due to “credible” harassment allegations and “possible criminal conduct”.
The 3 questions I think the board and the people of our county deserve to have answered, are as follows :
- Why was the County board not notified of these restrictions by Speaker Madigan’s office or the Sangamon County state’s attorney office at the time they were imposed?
- Why didn’t Chairman Franks notify the Board of these restrictions immediately after he was made aware of them?
- Has chairman Franks been handcuffed in his ability to represent McHenry County due to his inability to enter the capital without an escort? For nearly 1 year…
The County Board Chairman’s position, as the elected leader of the Board, is a very important one.
If hampered by restrictions, or if State officials are unwilling to associate with the Highest representative of OUR County, we as a County are underserved at the least, and potentially negatively affected in ways that we cannot foresee.
To conduct business as usual, without asking for answers to questions we have a right to know, is a disservice to all of the women, and men that you serve.
Leadership requires us to ask the difficult, and yes, sometimes uncomfortable questions. I respectfully urge this Board to exercise their power to lead this County.