I’m told the established rules require 10 votes for a chair regardless of who is present.
By: Diane Benjamin
The County Board now has two vacancies. Since every District has two elected officials everyone still has representation. The only District that doesn’t have the same representation is 5, it used to have a Democrats and a Republican. District 8 had 2 Democrats, now they have one.
What the County doesn’t have is a chairman since the resignation of John McIntyre. The Board does have an acting chairman and should be left that way until VOTERS decide.
Thursday the Board will meet and are planning to vote for a chair. For the last 2 months at least one person has not attended a meeting. In July Republican William Friedrich was absent, In August Democrat Jack Abraham was absent according to the minutes. The June minutes won’t load, see for yourself: https://mcleancountyil.gov/Archive.aspx
When the Board is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans a vote Thursday could come down to who shows up. Control of the Board should not be decided by attendance.
Elections are a little over a year away. There is no reason to fill the two empty seats or decide a chair before the voters get to decide who has the majority/chairmanship on the Board.
The vote for chair should be when the new Board is seated after the next election. There is zero reason for either side to attempt to seize political advantage at this time. If elections matter both sides will maintain the status quo instead of turning the Board into a spectacle.
Expect a spectacle. A RINO Republican could be a disaster for McLean County because of a power grab by Democrats.
The meeting is at 5:30 Thursday. https://mcleancountyil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/9751