Information Local Newspapers Wanted from County Board Chairman Candidates

With permission with Republican County Board Chairman Mike Buehler, his answers to questions from the Daily and Northwest Herald are published below:

Shaw Media & Daily Herald Questionnaire Illinois General Election 2020

What do you bring to the table that your opponent does not?

As County Board Chairman, I bring a fresh perspective utilizing decades of
experience as a successful small business owner delivering the highest level of public service and a commitment to fiscal responsibility our taxpayers deserve.

Not a politician, I have no interest in our current chairman’s political games and cut-throat politics and will conduct myself in a professional manner that maintains the office with the dignity it deserves.

With 32-years experience in business, I have learned the importance of promoting an atmosphere of teamwork, communication, and collaboration to achieve the best solutions for the benet of the residents and taxpayers of McHenry County. I will

restore respectful and honest dialogue between board members, the
administration and myself to develop a clear vision of the path to our success.

How do you envision this job? Why does that approach make sense?

Mike Buehler

Unlike my opponent, I understand the role of the Chairman in McHenry County is a parliamentary one, not an Executive one.

In 2012, a referendum on the ballot that would have changed county government to an executive form.

It would have created a county executive who would have significant powers such as the executive branch of state or federal government.

Voters overwhelmingly defeated this referendum by a nearly 2:1 ratio.

But as my opponent is prone to do with decisions he doesn’t like, he chooses to ignore the voice of the people stating that “The rules don’t apply to me.”

The established board rules state, “The Chairman presides at all meetings of the County Board. The Chairman will keep County Board members informed of all formal directive-related communications that he or she makes to nongovernmental, as well as local, regional, state, and Federal government agencies, entities, or individuals so this may be provided at an upcoming board meeting, or as this occurs. The Chairman, pursuant to Section 3 of this Article, shall determine and establish the agenda for all regular meetings of the County Board after consulting with the Chairmen of the County Board’s committees.”

Do you support a 10% salary reduction for McHenry County board members? Why or why not? Are there other cuts to the budget you would pursue first?

I am committed to working with the McHenry County Board and appropriate established committees to determine fair and equitable compensation for all county employees.

Compensation should be reasonable for the time commitment required in attending Board meetings, Committee meetings, and other requirements of their positions.

At the same time, we want to provide sufficient compensation to attract qualified board members with the ability to best serve the residents of McHenry County.

The first cuts I would pursue would be the elimination of the two patronage positions created by the current chairman at a cost of over $600,000 over his 4 year term.

To my knowledge, no prior chairman has hired their campaign staffers to work in the county office.

When elected, neither will I.

Should the McHenry County Jail keep its contract to house U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees?


Should on-duty McHenry County sheriff’s deputies wear body cameras?

While considering that the ACLU questions the use of body cameras in certain situations, I have spoken with members of multiple law Enforcement agencies about this issue.

Their answers make it clear that, while there are pros and cons to the idea, this is a question that requires a thorough discussion to ensure that our
solution provides for the greatest protection of the general public as well as our law enforcement personnel.

I would welcome input from all quarters in exploring the question, while supporting the Sheriff’s Department in arriving at the best possible decision.


Information Local Newspapers Wanted from County Board Chairman Candidates — 12 Comments

  1. What a non-answer on the police body cam question.

    How is that a hard question?

    And the ACLU supports police body cameras, as long as adequate policies are in place re: how they and the footage are used.

  2. Buehler’s answers could have been yes and no and I still would vote for him!

  3. The Board would certainly be within its rights to require the MCCD Police to use body cams, but the Sheriff is an elected official and it’s really his call to make as to whether or not his deputies use them.

    It’s also his job to take the heat if the public doesn’t like his decision.

    The Board should certainly make sure that funding is available for the cameras if the Sheriff wants to start using them.

  4. Alabama – cameras cost big $.

    10 year storage in a special climate controlled facility is required.

    We do not have it.

    If you want that, then send the money to build it.

    Our problems with police is VERY LOW.

    We are not Cook County.

    Then we would really need it.

    Our taxes are high enough.

  5. What does Franks’ wife have to say about the accusations?

    Has she ever made a public comment?

    Maybe she wants him out of her hair.

    Who doesn’t?

  6. The first answer should have been well I”m not being investigated that is a big one!

  7. Serious question — why do I see more energy behind the Coronor Vote No campaign than I do for Buehler?

  8. Does Alabama suffer from coprophilia?

    Can Mayo be of help?

    Coprophilia can be said to be liking the smell, taste, or feel of feces in a sexual way. … Eating feces is also known as coprophagia. This is bad for one’s body. A person who eats feces is at risk of getting sick through hepatitis, infection, and AIDS.

  9. Overtaxed – nope, I don’t, but thanks for the concern.

    How does anyone want to answer why there appears to be more energy around the coroner referendum than around Buehler?

  10. Somebody found a new word…

    Shake, that’s a good question, but it’s impossible to answer why Republicans are incompetent.

    It just seems to be in their nature.

    I suspect Rein is pumping in his doctor money into the “vote no” thing because it’s his potential job on the line, so that’s why you see more signs.

    Organic enthusiasm for Republican candidates is hard to find, with the exception of Donald Trump.

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