To the Editor:
This past election, voters faced a significant referendum supported by state Rep. Jack Franks that would have greatly altered McHenry County by instituting an executive-style government.
Billed by local politicians as a death sentence that would doom the county to an iron-fisted popularly elected executive, they said they would work toward getting a different option for voters to decide on the ballot.
They have since changed their minds, and have decided that voters aren’t quite ready to determine the chairman of the board. Besides, it’s much easier to establish power by bargaining with 23 other individuals, rather than having to prove yourself to the entire county.
The whole situation regarding the chairmanship continues to remind me of a segment from the referendum debate between Reps. Franks and Mike Tryon this past fall.
Franks said, quite emphatically, that the board’s resistance to change was simply protecting its “fiefdom,” and that the bottom line was that board members were unwilling to trust voters with such power because they thought that they were too stupid.
Sadly, these words are proving to be all too true.