County executive push fails overwhelmingly
Voters on Tuesday resoundingly said no thanks to a referendum to change the McHenry County Board to an executive form of government.
The referendum failed by a 2-1 ratio, with 75,010 voting against the change and 41,501 voting for it, according to unofficial vote totals, which do not include early or absentee ballots.
Under an executive form, voters directly elect an executive to run the day-to-day operations of county government. An executive under state law has wider-ranging powers than a County Board chairman, such as veto power over board legislation, drafting the county budget and hiring and firing staff, all with the approval of the board.
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