Letters to the Editor

Letter: 'No to Joe'

To the Editor:

The village of Oakwood Hills considered approving a 430,000-megawatt natural gas facility in 2014. Joe Gottemoller, an initial project attorney, served on the McHenry County Board for District 3 then. He is running again this year. People affected by the power plant proposal lost sleep. Air, water and safety issues became paramount. More than 900 people filled a Holiday Inn ballroom for a zoning meeting because they were overwhelmingly against it. I was challenged recently about my opposition to Gottemoller for this election. I was told he has an excellent work reputation and asked, “Why would I have a problem with an attorney who made a business decision?” Yet, his gain and the perceived economic and common good for the entire county didn’t account for my school, surrounding communities or family’s potential net losses. I am saying “No to Joe” this November. Transactional arguments work both ways.

Elizabeth Speros

Crystal Lake

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