To the Editor:
After reading your recent article on the referendum regarding direct election of the county board chairman, I believe you were remiss in not crediting state Rep. Jack Franks for his efforts regarding the referendum to completely alter the county’s government.
With the profound issues facing all forms of government that have seen a reported 640,000 tax-paying families leave the state in the past 13 years, it is profoundly sad to feel that the McHenry County political machine appears as strong as ever.
Numerous examples, such as learning last summer that McHenry County’s Metra representative, lobbyist and former state Sen. Jack Schaffer, sent potentially confidential emails to their departing CEO during a severance negotiation, is but one example.
The ability to directly elect the chairman of the County Board will, hopefully, begin to give people the leverage needed regarding who we elect so they for work for us and not themselves.