To the Editor:
Government by cronyism has long been a problem in McHenry County. The newly installed chairwoman has an opportunity to reject this corrupt practice and bring openness and transparency to McHenry County government.
McHenry County’s Metra representative, Jack Schaeffer, was clouted into the position because he was a former state senator and former Republican Party chairman. He has no expertise in mass transit issues. He was chosen for this board because of who he knows, not what he knows. He is receiving $20,000 per year in benefits and $20,000 in salary while receiving this third state pension for 12 scheduled meetings a year.
Mr. Schaeffer’s friend, Phil Pagano, was the executive director of Metra, who looted it for more than $400,000. Mr. Schaeffer was board treasurer at Metra when the thefts occurred. The other officers at Metra complied when they were asked to resign by their respective County Board chairmen.
McHenry County refused to ask Schaeffer to step down. Instead of demanding accountability with our tax dollars, the board has rewarded Mr. Schaeffer with an increase in his pension benefits.
This madness must stop. Again, it appears that only state Rep. Jack Franks will step up to fight for the taxpayers against government corruption. Franks is the only elected official demanding that Schaeffer be removed. Tina Hill should follow Rep. Franks’ advice and protect McHenry County taxpayers by finally cleaning up this mess for good.
Ronald Eck Jr.