Continuing the story about the Republican gathering in Harvard’s Rush Creek Distillery (see Part 1), the next speaker was McHenry County Coroner candidate Dr. Michael Rein.
He is running without Democratic Party opposition, although Libertarian Party candidate Kelly Liebmann has filed petitions for the office, which are being challenged.
Rein concentrated on the referendum to put the Coroner under the County Board Chairman.
“If that passes, you are going to centralize government,” he said.
He gave a version of my philosophy when I was in the Illinois House.
If I couldn’t figure out what a bill was doing, I voted against it.
He said, “If you don’t know what a referendum says or means, always vote ‘no.'”
Rein, a Marine Veteran pointed to a broader role of the Coroner’s office to include prevention of suicides, drug overdoses and Veterans health problems.
“My job as Coroner is to help them get resources.”
And he promised that the office would be certified, which only “a handful” of Illinois offices have achieved.
McHenry County Circuit Clerk Kathy Keefe, who had a number of her employees at the event, repeated her impressive payroll statistics.
The number of staff has decreased twenty-one positions in the almost twelve years she has been in office.
That has been possible through the increasing use of technology in the court’s recording keeping.
Think of electronic filing of court documents, for instance.
The decrease in the number of employees has resulted in “saving $1.2 million per year in personnel costs,” she said.
McHenry County Auditor, who has her hands full trying to make sure that County Board Chairman Jack Franks follows the rules, spoke next.
She revealed that her grandfather was a policeman and thought that her passion to “do what is right” probably came from him.
As her yard signs say, she is “Fighting Corruption.”
“Crushing corruption” is her goal.