Illinois Review –
LAKE COUNTY – The electoral process stands to drastically change in Lake County. In late July, Governor Quinn hastily signed a partisan bill into law, part of which strips authority away from Republican Lake County Clerk Willard Helander and creates a new expensive taxpayer funded election commission.
State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) filed legislation (HB 3656) on August 6th repealing the portion of the bill that allows for the creation of the commission in order to protect the electoral process and the taxpayers of Lake County. Senator Pam Althoff (R-Crystal Lake) is pushing a similar measure from the Senate side.
“HB 2418 is a bill that was passed during the last days of session that blatantly targets the Lake County Clerk,” said McSweeney. “My bill should be very easy to support since no one is claiming ownership as to why we need a new taxpayer funded election commission.”
Under the new portion of the law, a circuit court judge is given 90 days to appoint a five member Election Commission for Lake County, consisting of two members from each political party, and a fifth member whose political affiliation is undefined in the legislation. Establishing and funding an Election Commission could cost Lake County taxpayers in excess of $700,000. The legislation only applies to Lake County.
State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington) and State Sen. Pam Althoff (R-McHenry) have sponsored similar legislation in the Senate, SB 2592.
“Springfield politicians will stop at nothing to further consolidate power,” added McSweeney. “This new law is nonsense and allows for more unnecessary spending.”
State Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. (R-Mundelein), State Rep. Joanne Osmond (R-Antioch) and State Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) have signed on as lead co-sponsors of McSweeney’s HB 3656.