To the Editor:
I have supported Jack Franks since he first ran for state representative from my district. His performance as our representative has been excellent, and his re-election as a Democrat, in what is an overwhelmingly Republican district, has been no problem. His proposals at the state level have been, in my opinion, worthwhile, although his Democratic cohorts haven’t gone along with many of them.
However, I must wholeheartedly disagree with his proposal for an elected county executive.
I would ask these questions. Why try to fix what isn’t broken? Why add another layer of government, with its tremendous additional expense? The expense alone, with the salary of the executive and his staff, would be in the millions. He/she will need their own secretarial and advisory staff, etc., and the County Board members certainly won’t be giving up what now functions as their staff.
Finally, I look at the experience of Cook County, with the financial morass from the legacies of George Dunne and the Stroegers and ask, do we really want or need that?
Edward J. Haerter