McHenry: Reducing Board Members from 24 to 18
Kane: Maintaining 24 single member districts
While much attention being paid to the congressional and IL General Assembly remaps taking place in Springfield, local county boards have begun their own 2021 remap for their respective county board districts.
Focusing on McHenry and Kane counties, both boards, in committee saw action during the spring thus far.
Currently, the McHenry County Board is structured under a configuration of 6 multi-member districts with 4 members elected from each district, and the board chairman elected at-large by the voters, or (6 x 4) to 1.
In other words, each McHenry County voter has direct election to 5 members, including the chairman, of the 25-member County Board.
Kane County operates under a single-member district format of 24 members elected, 1 from each district, with the board chair elected at-large by the voters, or 24 to 1.
Kane County Board members double as Forest Preserve District of Kane County commissioners, with an elected president elected by the 25 commissioners every 2 years.
McHenry County Conservation District is led by an appointed board.
With this background, this table, going into the remap, shows how McHenry and Kane counties compares with neighboring counties in configuration, as well as salaries and boards where members double as forest preserve commissioners:
|ANNUAL SALARY||FOREST PRESERVE?||CHAIR ELECTED AT-LARGE||CURRENT|
|DUPAGE||917,481||18||6||52,102||NO||YES||(6×3)-1||D (Chair R)|
In the past 3 weeks, both counties made significant developments:
- Kane County’s Reapportionment Committee came to consensus to keep the board size to 24 single member districts
- McHenry County will implement the direction expressed by voters and reduce the size of the County Board from 24 to 18 members, converting to a (9 x 2)-1 board configuration, or 9 smaller multi-member districts where voters elect 2 members, while continuing to elect the chairman at-large
Full details from last Thursday’s Northwest Herald article can be viewed here.
UPDATE of Rough Draft Map
This past week, McHenry County Blog through media inquiry obtained the draft maps displayed at the recent county committee meeting discussing McHenry County districts.
Please note, these maps are very rough, and without any 2020 detailed Census data included and will likely change as detailed Census data is released this summer, possibly as early as mid to late August.
The latest McHenry County population projection for the 2020 Census is 305,088, divided between nine 2-member districts, is nearly 33,988 population in each district, give-or-take.
Please note, “population” is not the same as “registered voters”.