Please support House Bill 3593

Please support House Bill 3593

House Bill 3593, sponsored by Representative Sam Yingling in the 101st General Assembly concerns the ability to remove a County Board Chairman with or without cause by a 4/5ths vote of the County Board body.
I ask that you support this bill, as it is good policy, and allows for the removal of a Chair if the body feels that the Chair is not working in the best interest and for the benefit of the Taxpayers.

Here is the language of the amendment of (55 ILCS 5/2-1003) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-1003).

A chairman who is chosen by the county board may be
removed, with or without cause, upon a motion adopted by an
affirmative vote of four-fifths of the county board. Upon
adoption of a motion to remove the chairman: (i) the chairman
position becomes vacant and the former chairman’s compensation
shall be prorated to the date the motion was approved; (ii) the
vice-chairman immediately assumes the duties of chairman
without chairman compensation; and (iii) a new chairman shall
be elected at the next regularly scheduled county board
meeting. A chairman removed under this Section maintains his or
her status as a member of the county board.

Here is the link to the General Assembly Website for the bill. 

Improved Transparency – Lake County to Film Standing Committee Meetings

Improved Transparency – Lake County to Film Standing Committee Meetings

Lake County to Film Standing Committee Meetings

Beginning the week of Feb. 25, all Lake County Board standing committee meetings will be available to watch on and Lake County’s public access television channel (LCTV).  At the committee level, board members spend a significant amount of time discussing and evaluating significant financial and policy matters before these items are sent to the full board for final approval. Filming committee meetings will allow the public to see all the work that goes on at the committee level and have a deeper understanding of the issues.

“I’m proud of what our board continues to accomplish around transparency,” said Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart. “We want residents to hear the concerns and deliberations of programs and services that takes place at these meetings. Often times, people that want to attend meetings can’t because of their busy schedules. Filming all standing committee meetings will make this information accessible to all Lake County residents.”

The Financial and Administrative Committee approved filming standing committees at its Feb. 7 meeting to enhance transparency and increase access to local government.

“We are excited to be able to enhance transparency by showing the work being done in committee meetings at no additional cost to taxpayers,” said Financial and Administrative Committee Chair Paul Frank. “Lake County Board meetings are already being broadcast, so the equipment and staff resources are currently in place. That means we can film committee meetings within our current structure.”

The meetings will not be broadcast live but recordings will be available within 48 hours after the committee meeting, and can then be viewed any time after that at Each meeting will be indexed, which provides the ability for online viewers to jump to a specific place in meetings/agendas.

The meetings also will be replayed frequently on LCTV, which is available on Comcast Cable, either channel 18 or 30, depending on where you live in the county. AT&T Customers can view LCTV on channel 99. View the LCTV Coverage Area.