Former McHenry County Board member Donna Kurtz took the podium at Tuesday night’s Board meeting and here is what she said:
Public Comment by Donna Kurtz to the McHenry County Board
Though I have stepped away from public life I still love McHenry County, and I want it to continue to be a great place to live and work, raise a family, and to welcome diversity & inclusion for everyone.
However, it is difficult to have a healthy McHenry County when this County Board allows this Chairman to create an unhealthy environment fueled with threats and vindictiveness.
So, Board Members, why have you allowed the denigration of dedicated public servants such as
- our past Coroner, and
- our current Regional Superintendent of Education, and
- our County Auditor?
The harassment and attempts to humiliate them and undermine their service, by the Chairman, is both
- reprehensible and
from my previous 8 years on the County Board.
The fact that these office holders, who have been bullied and vilified by this Chairman—are all women begs the question—
Could this be a pattern of behavior?
That is something that should send a chill up everyone’s spine.
Martin Luther King said,
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”.
Specifically, it is sad that our women county board members have allowed fellow elected officials to be treated so deplorably.
You must realize your silence was powerfully translated as support for this thuggish behavior.
In a world that has thankfully embraced the ME TOO Movement, it is remarkable that women County Board Members, and our Democratic women in particular, have been so tone deaf on this harassment, and the specter of violence, fear, and anxiety that harassment can create in the
Now, it has become time for this Board to restore mutual respect, decorum, and valuing of diversity by taking back its power and authority from this Chairman.
The Springfield approach—giving a chairman absolute power—leads to a cesspool benefiting only the powerful and the rich, and not the people of our beloved McHenry County.
Board Members, it is not too late to step up your game.
Please undertake these steps without delay:
- Hold a Special Board Meeting.
- Get the Board Rules changed to empower the committees—as done previously.
- Then begin to do the real work of the people—which may include holding this Chairman accountable.