The Senate Amendments which saddled Lake County with a new, expensive Lake County Board of Elections in the form of an unfunded mandate to be paid for by Lake County Property taxes, passed the Illinois House of Representatives yesterday. All but one of the Chicago Democrats voted in favor of saddling this extra, unnecessary expense on the backs of Lake County taxpayers.
Those voting "Nay" who recognized that they were representing Lake County taxpayers were:
Those voting Aye who failed to recognize that they were representing Lake County taxpayers were:
Pathetic. Can't wait to hear the political spin on this one. We now have an extra layer government in Lake County that no Lake County taxpayer wanted, and is being forced to pay for it. An interesting development in the Illinois House yesterday, a number of Southern Illinois Democrats voted against the measure and spoke out fearfully that it could also happen in their counties.
Lake County has 90 days from the date Governor Quinn signs this bill to have a completely functioning board in place, including 5 commissioners, support staff, office space, furniture, a website, telephones, and a whole host of other expensive items.
Lake County also becomes the first county in the history of Illinois to have a "Board of Elections" rammed down its throat by Springfield without a local referendum or vote from local voters on the subject.
No one initially claimed responsibility for the insertion of this measure into this bill. It just popped up, like the way a weed pops up on your lawn, right? All by itself. The proponents of this politically inspired nonsense do not even have the guts to admit to their own actions.
Now Governor Quinn can exercise his amendatory veto to eliminate this expensive monstrosity and relieve the burden on Lake County taxpayers. But then remember, both the Illinois House and Illinois Senate are "veto-proof" and can override that veto if they so choose.
In the Illinois House, before voting on the amendments, Speaker Madigan switched the chief sponsor to be Representative Currie, his chief lieutenant. Madigan also voted in favor of HB 2418. Message sent?