Who Says You Can’t Beat City Hall?

There’s a line between voter-taxpayers and their elected officials. Oakwood Hills Village Board members just learned about the line. The problem is that neither the taxpayers nor the elected officials know where that line is. One can only figure out … Continue reading

Minority of Republicans Playing Conflict of Interest Defense

“Hostile” would be fair in characterization of McHenry County Board member Pete Merkel’s reaction to the ALAW conflict of interest proposal, as reported by Kevin Craver of the Northwest Herald Merkel, running unopposed in the Republican primary election, did not … Continue reading

Are We Having a Sea Change in Illinois Ethics?

As Niranjan Shah resigned the chairmanship of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, he issued a statement that may be significant. Quoting from the Chicago Tribune article on Tuesday, this caught my eye: “When I became a Trustee…many of … Continue reading