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McHenry Township Trustee Bob Anderson chairs new group: 'Citizens for Consolidation'

Grass-roots campaign aims to persuade residents to vote for road district abolishment

McHenry Township Trustee Bob Anderson (right) chats with Recorder Joe Tirio on Nov. 27 at the McHenry County Clerk's Office in Woodstock.
McHenry Township Trustee Bob Anderson (right) chats with Recorder Joe Tirio on Nov. 27 at the McHenry County Clerk's Office in Woodstock.

Bob Anderson has a lot of titles these days.

He’s a Wonder Lake barber and a McHenry Township trustee.

Now he’s the chairman of a group called Citizens for Consolidation.

The group stems from a controversial McHenry Township vote that approved a binding referendum going to voters in the November election asking whether they want to abolish the road district and transfer its responsibilities to the board of trustees.

“We’re in the planning stages and laying out how we want to move up to the election in November,” Anderson told the Northwest Herald, but he would not comment on who the members of the group are.

The grass-roots group does not yet have a website, but its members meet weekly to brainstorm ideas and plan a campaign aimed at influencing McHenry County voters to vote for consolidation of the road district.

“We’re just in the beginning,” Anderson said. “What we want to do is to get the voters to vote ‘yes.’ ”

The fight to consolidate townships and road districts has a long history in McHenry County. Two decades ago, voters had the opportunity to choose how they are governed.

In 1994, Anderson spearheaded a referendum to eliminate the county’s townships the only way state law allowed – by switching from a county board to a three-member panel of county commissioners.

By a 3-1 margin, voters defeated Anderson’s referendum to abolish townships in the November 1994 election.

Consolidation opponents contend that getting rid of the road district would be disastrous.

McHenry Township Highway Commissioner James Condon said township proponents plan to start a similar campaign to inform votes and persuade them to vote against the referendum in November.

“[Bob Anderson is] not spending his time and energy providing proof that what he proposes saves any substantial taxpayer dollars,” Condon said. “I’m sure we’ll put something together – an effort to educate the public on Bob Anderson’s half-truths.”

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