To the Editor:
There is a referendum on the November ballot that asks voters whether they would like to change county government to a county executive form of government. This is a horrible idea.
Today, residents from throughout McHenry County have equal representation by 24 board members, spread equally between six districts, who have equal influence over matters of money, zoning, appointments, etc.
The county executive form would give one individual powers that far exceed anything in place today. In an election that is likely to be driven more by special interest money than by qualifications and issues, one person will become a “czar-like” figure who would be in the perfect position to bring Chicago-style cronyism to McHenry County.
People from the western side of the county can forget about having equal representation, because with the primary population of the county located on the eastern side of the county, that’s where the county executive will come from. Why on earth would we want to change from today’s balance of power to a system where one person and the special interests that help him/her get elected rule everything? It’s a bad idea, and I’m voting “no” to the county executive referendum.
Doreen Black Dwyer