To the Editor:
I attended the meeting on Aug. 22 regarding the proposed roundabout on Route 20 and Harmony Road in unincorporated Coral Township. Coral Township Supervisor Roger Naylor and state Rep. Jack Franks did an outstanding job of bringing residents together to get their questions answered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. If it were not for the efforts of these two public servants, citizens would have had no opportunity for input on the issue.
Both Naylor and Franks expressed their disappointment that they learned of the proposal while reading it in the newspaper. It became clear as the IDOT employees responded to questions that they had bypassed the public officials and instead had gone directly to McHenry County.
County Board Chairman Ken Koehler showed up at the meeting, but did not say when he knew of the proposal and why it was kept a secret. Koehler left in the middle of the meeting instead of responding.
Something is seriously wrong in our county when secret deals are made that spend millions in taxpayer dollars and affect thousands of county residents. This proposal should have been vetted in public as soon as the county learned of the proposal.
Our county government must change. I am convinced that having a county executive directly accountable to the voters is needed. Enough of the insider deals. Enough of treating us as second-class citizens. The taxpayers deserve better.