The Petition for a Special Meeting to Allow a Vote on Holding an April Referendum on Whether Voters Should Select the County Board Chairman
Here are the McHenry County Board members who signed Nick Provenzano’s petition to call a special meeting on Friday, January 18th at 9 AM to consider whether voters should have a shot in April at passing a referendum on whether the Board Chairman should be elected.
You can see eleven signed the petition. Eight–one-third of the Board’s members–were required to sign to call a special meeting.
So people can find their names, let me list them in the order in which they signed and who they ended up voting for in the County Board Chairman’s race:
- Nick Provenzano (supported Koehler)
- Mike Walkup (new, supported Hill))
- Ken Koehler (supported Koehler)
- Robert Nowak (supported Koehler)
- Joe Gottemoller (new, supported Gottemoller)
- Mike Skala (new, supported Gottemoller)
- Robert Martens (new, supported Hill)
- Diane Evertsen (supported Schuster)
- Donna Kurtz (supported Schuster, then Hill)
- Sandy Salgado (supported Koehler)
- Mary McCann (supported Hill)
Four supported Tina Hill for Board Chairman.
Four supported Ken Koehler for Board Chairman.
Two supported Joe Gottemoller.
One supported Schuster.
All are Republicans, which when one thinks about it, that probably just recognizes the lay of the political land, that is, Democrats are more likely to gain positions of power, e.g., Paul Yensen’s appointment as Chairman of the Management Services Committee, through politicking in the current system of selecting a Board Chairman than through a one-on-one fight with any Republican in a countywide contest. Both Yensen and first time Democratic Party Democratic Party Board member Nick Chirikos voted for Hill and neither showed any support for an at-large election at the Monday Management Services Committee meeting.
Only one of what I would consider hardcore supporters of Hill broke ranks to potentially endanger the new ruling coalition’s ability to continue its power after the 2014 election cycle.
Just because someone signed the petition does not mean that they are committed to vote for an April referendum.
There are twenty-four Board members and a majority vote will be required to put the question on the ballot.
Do you want to express your viewpoint to your County Board members?
Here are their phone numbers:
- Michele Aavang – 815-648-4210
- Yvonne Barnes – 847-516-2719
- Nick Chirikos – 847-658-3434
- Sue Draffkorn – 815-653-6057
- Diane Evertsen – 815-943-3298
- Joe Gottemoller – 815 382 9940
- John Hammerand – 815-728-0700
- Jim Heisler – 815-459-1971
- Tina Hill – 815-347-4222
- John Jung – 815-338-6201
- Ken Koehler – 815-459-7841
- Donna Kurtz -815-788-0632
- Bob Martens – 815-675-6353
- Mary McCann – 815-568-1061
- Mary McClellan – 815-482-5693
- Anna May Miller – 847-639-5112
- Robert Nowak – 847-516-9637
- Nick Provenzano – 815-355-8540
- Sandy Salgado – 815-271-5293
- Carolyn Schofield – 815-455-9550
- Ersel Schuster – 815-338-2207
- Mike Skala – 847-669-3804
- Mike Walkup – 815-459-7090
- Paula Yensen – 815-404-3918
At this point one can see that Nick Provenzano read the political wind better than the Management Services Committee did on Monday.
Whether the wind is blowing hard enough to overcome the reticence of Board members who like the current insider system (for reasons including an inability to raise sufficient funds to mount a countywide campaign–campaign cost having been mentioned by several Board members during the ongoing debate) remains to be seen on Friday morning.
And whether the measure passes or fails, the roll call will be used in the 2014 elections.
It will be interesting to see if any County board members from the last Board who voted to put a tax hike on the ballot in April will refuse to allow their constituents to vote on whether to elect their County Board Chairman at the ballot box.