Reading the Chicago Tribune article on Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ issuing an Executive Order to extend the terms of local officials until after the June 9th election date the Order sets, I was reminded of the Illinois consolidation of elections legislation of the 1970’s.
“… elected officials’ terms are set to expire in a matter of weeks. For that reason, Evers for weeks had been hesitant to delay the election. The governor said his order would extend all of those local officials’ terms until after the June election.”
Prior to the consolidation of elections bill, school and other tax districts could hold tax increase referendums anytime they wished.
For example, Crystal Lake District 47 held such a referendum the Saturday before the June 13, 1966, Primary Election at which I won the GOP nod for County Treasurer.
The consolidation bill restricted such elections for five dates over a two-year period.
Township officials had terms that would need to be shortened to lengthened to fit the new schedule.
You get one guess as to which option was selected.
I was so disturbed, I had an amendment drafted which would have made the office of Township Supervisor hereditary.
No, I did not have the guts to introduce it.