McHenry Township officials send letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner supporting elimination bill

Correspondence opposes County Board measure

McHenry Township officials voted, 4-1, last week to send a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner in support of a proposed bill that could allow voters to eliminate townships at the polls.

The correspondence was sent Thursday to counteract an oppositional letter the McHenry County Board sent to the Republican governor in May, McHenry Township Trustee Bob Anderson said.

“Please be advised that the McHenry Township board is in support of state Rep. David McSweeney’s proposed bill 4637 to move forward in the Senate, which would facilitate township elimination,” the letter said. “Please note that HB 4244 was supported by the House by a 80 yea to 22 nay vote.”

At an invitation-only roundtable with members of the McHenry County Republican Party in May, Rauner received a letter with the signatures of more than 20 McHenry County Board members opposing the proposed bill.

A focus of the meeting’s discussion was House Bill 4637 – a proposed consolidation bill from McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills. 

McHenry County Board
District 6 representative Jim Kearns gave a letter to Rauner’s staff signed by 21 of the board’s
24 members opposing the measure.

“We respectfully request that HB 4637 be permanently put on hold until our county can minimally address the financial burden to McHenry County, its municipalities and, most importantly, the taxpayer, prior to ever passing this legislation,” the letter read.

Kearns said county officials don’t have a plan to guide them through consolidation.

If approved by the governor, officials in McHenry County’s 17 townships would be able to put a binding referendum to voters asking whether the township should be eliminated and consolidated under the umbrella of county government.

“We respectfully request that HB 4637, which is an amended version of HB 4244, co-sponsored by state Rep. Sam Yingling and state Rep. Allen Skillicorn, would be supported by you,” the letter said. “Thank you for your continued efforts of fighting for taxpayers and voters.”

McHenry Township officials voted in May to put a binding referendum to voters to give them a chance to consolidate the road district at the polls.

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