By: Diane Benjamin
The McLean Country Board Executive Committee met Monday. Members:
Every one of them is Republican except for Laurie Wollrab. Josh Barnett is questionable at best even though he claims to be Republican. I think one person were absent, I don’t know who since role wasn’t called.
This group is capable of holding meetings on video, they have audio recordings instead. These recordings can not be fast forwarded, so you have to listen to the the whole meeting if what you want to hear is at the end. It is ridiculous to have technology that makes getting information easier for citizens and not using it. Worse, the audio wasn’t posted until yesterday – the meeting was Monday. This topic is on the Agenda for today’s County Board Meeting.
The discussion of $1000 payments to all County vaccinated employees is around 19:20: https://mcleancountyil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/8374
Video would be easier to follow since we could see who is talking. Chair John McIntyre didn’t always strive to make that clear.
I wonder if this committee knows: To date 2,297 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized for Covid in Illinois, 679 have died. https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine/vaccine-breakthrough.html
A couple of things I never heard mentioned:
- cheap treatments are available but aren’t allowed to be used
- natural immunity from having had Covid
- most age groups have at least a 98% survival rate
- the vaccine is experimental and not actually a vaccine
McIntyre thinks spending federal tax dollars is okay since it isn’t local money. He thinks the $1000 is a reward. Can people object on religious grounds and still get the money? I have no idea, that also wasn’t mentioned.
They have no idea how many County employees are currently vaccinated.
Chuck Erikson made a brilliant point about proving where a case originated. Nobody can, so using the excuse that County employees deal with the public and therefore need to be vaccinated is bogus.
The County wants to budget $725,000. Jim Soeldner wondered is booster shots will need to be subsidized too. If nobody knows how many are vaccinated now how can they budget? Money might go to the already vaccinated too!
Susan Schafer: The more people vaccinated the better off we all are. That remains to be seen since the shot hasn’t been around long enough to see the long term affects. Want to take a shot every 6 months+ for the rest of your life?
Nobody mentioned the County stats showing nearly everyone under 50 is in little danger of being hospitalized. I think it was the interim County Manager who rattled off facts about the costs of hospitalizations. If cheap drugs were allowed to be used many people wouldn’t be in the hospital. The County towing the IDPH line is more important than figuring out the truth. She also reported weekly testing is getting harder to find, why are the healthy being tested? When has any disease required the healthy be tested?
The County is expecting over $30,000,000 (in monopoly money) from the feds. The $1000 payouts would apply to all full time employees including elected officials.
Laurie Wollrab thinks the County didn’t care about vaccinations before they got showered with money. She doesn’t think it’s fair when people in the community aren’t paid and the County is using tax money for the incentives. McIntyre responded they cared, just didn’t have the money. Chuck Erickson doesn’t think this is the right approach. He asked what the cost of flu is to the County in medical coverage, they don’t know.
The $1000 was arrived at by asking employees what it would take to get them to take the jab. Yes, they are being bribed. No one asked if the County is prepared to cover pay and insurance costs for any employee who has an adverse effect to the vaccination.
Chuck Erickson voted no because he is against incentivizing vaccinations. Laurie Wollrab also voted no. Proof members of opposing parties can agree! All the other Republicans voted yes.
Did anyone stop and think if a simply issue has to be discussed for close to 40 minutes it’s probably a bad idea? (I doubt it) The majority of Republicans weren’t pro-freedom where people make medical decisions based on facts they research. Bribery because money dropped in your lap isn’t attractive GOP.
This issue goes before the County Board today. Unless common sense is used somewhere, it could be a long meeting, at least it will be on video.