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Cynical politics

To the Editor:

Double-dipping Mayor Aaron Shepley is against direct government accountability and lower property taxes (It’s Your Write, Oct. 2). What a surprise. A recent letter to the editor by Shepley was filled with distortions and half-truths in an effort to criticize the county executive form of government. Shepley can’t be for anything that would endanger his two public salaries and two public pensions that are on top of his position at a not-for-profit hospital.

Shepley was appointed by County Board Chairman Ken Koehler to a Pace Board position that provides a pension, pay and health benefits, but meets less than 12 times a year. He is a walking conflict of interest in this matter because he personally stands to lose thousands of dollars in taxpayer benefits.

I’m tired of self-serving politicians not telling the truth so they can continue to enrich themselves at the taxpayer’s expense and tell us it’s for our own benefit. I’m sick of the over-taxation and backroom deals of these career politicians.

I’m not going to take it anymore. I’m voting for the county executive form of government. If the good old boys are against it, it must be good for taxpayers. The county executive form of government will provide direct accountability and lower taxes, one that looks out for the taxpayers’ best interests and not for the insiders. Join me in rejecting the cynical politics of the past by voting “yes” for the county executive.

Jeff Lichte


Note to readers: Aaron Shepley submitted his letter as a Crystal Lake resident and voter and did not include the title of mayor in his letter. A Northwest Herald editor added the title before publication.

Note to readers 2: This letter has been edited since its initial publication to remove a statement that Shepley receives free health care through his public jobs. He does not.


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