To the Editor:
I am voting “no” for the referendum that would make the county administrator an elected executive.
The County Board presently hires an administrator. The board directs and monitors and can even fire this person if he is not performing his duties. The board has the control. An elected administrator would have an incredible amount of power and be able to circumvent the County Board, with the board having little recourse.
I thought Rep. Jack Frank’s idea was to eliminate layers of government in the state of Illinois. This new plan doesn’t add a new layer of government, but it does add a new layer of politics. It can cost more than $5,000 for someone to run for one of the County Board seats.
How much would it cost for a candidate to run for county executive – $30,000, $5,000 for each district? Probably more. They would need to have fundraisers attended by friends along with lobbyists who would want influence in county business.
I see no reason to change the county form of government just because a state representative doesn’t get along with the present chairman if that is what this is all about.