A letter to the Northwest Herald, reprinted with permission of its author, Ned Neumann:
McHenry Township Road District Patronage Compared to the First Richard Daley’s Empire
If a study is ever conducted to show the financial ramifications associated with consolidating townships, or road districts, or making any major rearrangement or realignment of township government functions, it probably won’t show any real savings unless we reduce the size of
The trick is to get that done without reducing the services of government.
Someone once asked Mayor Daley of Chicago, the old Mayor Daley, why the new City of Chicago building with automatic push button elevators still had elevator operators.
In his brutally honest way he responded that it was because those push buttons couldn’t vote.
Some of our township road districts have become like a Chicago style army of patronage workers who will work tirelessly to keep the power structure and their job security in place.
Many of these township road district positions are not in place because they are the most efficient way to get the job done but rather to have positions to staff with loyal supporters who
will help keep things just rolling along.
This is a Republican Party stronghold here in McHenry County.
You don’t see many Democratic Party precinct committee people or operatives getting these township jobs.
You start by being a good, old guard Republican.
It’s not unique.
It’s not unusual or uncommon.
All political parties that are in power take care of their people.
What’s not acceptable is to have any person, of any political persuasion, in an expensive and unnecessary position simply to create a position for a supporter, family member or friend to keep the political machine operating.
We need to get some of these services outsourced and the size of government reduced.
Let’s still do what we have to do, but let’s find a more sensible and affordable way to do it.
It took decades to build these road districts into the behemoths they’ve become and it will probably take years to scale them back to a sensible size, but let’s get started.
Vote “Yes” in November to consolidate the McHenry Township Road District with the McHenry
Township Board, two and a half years from now.