To the Editor:
If the Sept. 15 editorial – “Simple change could clarify meetings law” – had been the newspaper’s first foray into coverage and analysis of McHenry County’s so-far bumpy relationship with the Open Meetings Act, I would commend the Northwest Herald.
The editorial board makes a valid point regarding a fundamental flaw in the law as constituted, but, unfortunately, it has absolutely no credibility on the issue.
From the tone of the article, the Northwest Herald seems to represent a position seeking more accountability and transparency, but the newspaper does not hold accountable those politicians which seek to violate the most basic tenets of transparent government.
In 2012, the Northwest Herald endorsed several county board members who broke the law in 2011. Those members (Ken Koehler, Tina Hill, Nick Provenzano and John Jung) violated the Open Meetings Act to gerrymander McHenry County for their political gain. Despite expressing concern over this event, on which the newspaper reported, the Northwest Herald endorsed them for election anyway.
The Northwest Herald cannot possibly say it is for open and honest government and then endorse individuals who break the law. I expect politicians to talk out of both sides of their mouths, but the editorial voice of a newspaper should know better.
Your newspaper owes its readers an apology for misleading them by endorsing individuals who broke a law you clearly consider important to our democracy.