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SB669

  • Sen. Terry LinkSPRINGFIELD – A plan to give Lake County voters the say in who runs their county’s $500 million operation was vetoed today by Governor Rauner.
     
    The plan, Senate Bill 669, would have allowed for voters to have a referendum in 2018 to determine if their county board chairman should be elected countywide. Currently, the chairman is selected amongst the board members themselves.
     
    “The voters should have a say on how they want to elect their county board chairman,” State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) said. “I am disappointed the governor would veto a plan that gives the voters a chance to have more control in who runs their county government.”

  • link 020217VERNON HILLS – Legislation sponsored by Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) would require that the Lake County Board Chairman be elected countywide instead of just by board members.

    “I wholeheartedly believe that the voters should directly determine who runs their county,” Link said. “This benefits the county by providing a more direct democracy in determining how the county is run.”

    Senate Bill 669, legislation regarding how the Lake County Board chairman would be elected, was recently discussed by a Lake County Board committee.

    Link applauds Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor for joining his initiative to make the county more responsive to the voter. Link plans to file legislation putting the issue of an elected county chairman to a vote in 2018. If the referendum is successful, the first election for county board chairman would be in 2020.

    “I am happy Chairman Lawlor believes giving the voters a true voice in who runs the day-to-day operations of the county is a good idea,” Link said. “The bottom line here is the people of Lake County will be the winners.”