McSweeney Files Bill Carving Easier Path to Dissolve Townships in McHenry County

McHenry County State’s Attorney Investigating Use of Taxpayer Funds

Illinois Policy Institute and the Northwest Herald have reported FOIA requests by McHenry County State’s Attorney seeking financial records from 2013-2017.

This comes on the heels of HB4244 introduced by Rep. McSweeney which would reduce the required amount of signatures to get a binding referendum for dissolving a township on the ballot in McHenry County.

David McSweeney

The legislation reduces the signature requirement in McHenry only, from 10% to 5% of total voters.

It also allows a 365 day petition period.

“Sec. 24-5. Scope. The method of dissolution of a township in McHenry County under this Article shall be in addition to any other method of dissolving a township provided by law or otherwise.”

“Sec. 24-10. Definition. As used in this Article, “electors” means the registered voters of any single township in McHenry County.”

“Sec. 24-15. Petition requirements; notice.

(a) Subject to the petition requirements of Section 28-3 of the Election Code, petitions for a referendum to dissolve a township located in McHenry County must be filed with the governing board of the township, the county board of McHenry County, and the McHenry County Clerk not less than 122 days prior to any election held throughout the township. Petitions must include:

(1) the name of the dissolving township;

(2) the date of the dissolution; and

(3) signatures of a number of electors equal to or greater than 5% of the total votes cast in the township in the preceding election that is of an election type comparable to the election for which the petition is being filed; all signatures gathered under this paragraph (3) must be signed within 365 prior to the filing of the petition.”


McSweeney Files Bill Carving Easier Path to Dissolve Townships in McHenry County — 8 Comments

  1. (60 ILCS 1/24-30 new)

    Sec. 24-30. Dissolution; transfer of rights and duties.

    When the dissolution of a township has been approved under

    Section 24-25:

    (1) On or before the date of dissolution, all real and

    personal property, and any other assets, together with all

    personnel, contractual obligations, and liabilities of the

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    dissolving township shall be transferred to McHenry


    (2) On the date of dissolution, the dissolving township

    is dissolved.

    (3) On and after the date of dissolution, all rights

    and duties of the dissolved township may be exercised by

    the governing board of the receiving unit of local


    (4) All road districts wholly within the boundaries of

    the dissolving township are dissolved on the date of

    dissolution of the dissolving township and all powers and

    responsibilities of each road district are transferred to

    McHenry County except as provided in paragraph (5).

    (5) The county board of McHenry County shall give

    written notice to each municipality whose governing board

    meets within the boundaries of a dissolving township that

    the municipality may make an offer, on or before 60 days

    after the date of dissolution of the dissolving township,

    that the municipality will assume all of the powers and

    responsibilities of a road district or road districts

    wholly inside the dissolving township. The notice shall be

    sent to each municipality on or before 30 days after the

    date of dissolution of the township. Any eligible

    municipality may, with consent of its governing board, make

    an offer to assume all of the powers and responsibilities

    of the dissolving township’s road district or road.
    So where is the savings if the County or Municipal can levy the same or increase the levy as they wish?

  2. JustinFun wrong again, I live in Alg Twh.
    Dissolve the Road Dept into the Township will not save anything either.
    McH Twh’s Jim Condon gets paid less than if someone with the same experience was hired.
    There could be a way to save on outside Engineering costs, possibly if a Civil PE was hired, but that would need to be examined first, before a vote so the electret is informed.

  3. BS. Privatize the whole rotten roadway dist!

    Let the people vote, toad!

  4. November 6, 1849 established, Algonquin Township. Townships were the prototype of Thomas Jefferson. (They are embedded within the details of property purchased in every State in the Union.)

    Townships invoke values of “Grassroots Government.” Townships, citizens contribute their talents, skills, and ideas to preserve the quality of life and to deliver important programs and services.

    Township officials,”LIVE IN” the communities that they serve and stay in touch with ever changing needs. Limited by Law in the amount of taxes they can levy. Township officials are creative, delivering quality services with the least possible burden to taxpayers.
    Township Supervisor are in charge of determining issues of community safety, expenditure, growth management, zoning, infrastructures, code application, and the environment. With the help and oversight of a committee of Trustees, how they will pay for these community building conditions.

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