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Letters to the Editor

Springfield-style politics

To the Editor:

The election of a county executive doesn’t lead to better government. It leads to bigger government and bigger politics. The referendum doesn’t allow voters to elect a County Board chairman or eliminate the position of County Board chairman.

If approved, you’ll still have a County Board chairman elected from within. But you’ll also have an entire new layer of executive government with true executive powers.

Today, the county is divided into six districts, and voters in each district elect four representatives to serve on the County Board. All 24 votes, including that of the board chairman, carry equal weight. Majority rules all decisions, ensuring equal representation countywide.

With governor-like veto powers, a county executive dilutes this equal representation. It puts too much power in one person’s hands and opens the door to corruption. Say “no” to Springfield-style politics in McHenry County and join me in voting “no” to the referendum.

Mike Tryon

Crystal Lake (64th District state representative)

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