Friday, June 30, 2006

County politics - how dumb do they think we are?

This was reported in the Chicago Sun Times:

"President Stroger is alive and well. Until he decides that he don't want to run again -- it's up to him. And whoever he decides that he wants to replace him -- that's what's going to happen. ... White folks can do it. Black folks can do it -- easily. We got control of the [weighted] votes in the city and the county, so we do what we want to do. Remember that."

In fact there is an Illinois statute that covers this situation and it does not say what Alderman Beavers said.

(55 ILCS 5/2‑6003) (from Ch. 34, par. 2‑6003)
Sec. 2‑6003. Vacancy in office of president. In case of the death, resignation, removal from office or other inability to act of the president so elected, if more than 28 months of the unexpired term remain, the vacancy shall be filled at the next general election, at which election one of the regularly elected or appointed members of the board of commissioners shall be elected to serve the unexpired term of the president. If less than two years and sixty days of the unexpired term remain, the board of commissioners shall elect one of their number to serve the unexpired term of the president.
(Source: P.A. 86‑962.)

The Sun Times also reported this:
There is no succession process in county government, and Suffredin again said he plans to introduce a plan -- based on the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution -- at the next board meeting. After that process is in place, Suffredin said he still believes Steele has enough support to be selected interim board president.

However, I believe the above statute clearly covers the vacancy of a Cook County Board president, so either the commissioners are completely uninformed, which is a scary thought, the attorney general is looking the other way, another scary thought, or they're buying time to see if the voters say anything, which up until now - we haven't.

The other statute that covers the county board is regarding elections.

According to Illinois law:

(55 ILCS 5/2‑6002) (from Ch. 34, par. 2‑6002)
Sec. 2‑6002. Election of president of board. Every legal voter in said county may vote for and designate (upon his ballot cast for county commissioners) one of the candidates for commissioner to be president of the county board, and the person who shall receive the highest number of such votes shall be declared elected president of said board.
(Source: P.A. 86‑962.)

So why is it so hard to figure out that if the person who won the primary can't serve, the person who came in second should run. That is the will of the people. The ward bosses only decide who the party is going to back. If say, Claypool, a democrat, had won the primary and then was not able to participate in the general election, and Stroger, the party's choice, had come in second - do you think the ward bosses would get to pick Claypool's successor? They didn't want him to begin with, but I bet to get their guy in there, they'd say - hey, the people voted him second, to do anything else would be wrong. However that's not what happened, but why would doing anything else be wrong......let the candidate who got the second highest number of votes run on the party ticket, he's the one most likely to win. And besides - it's the right thing to do.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Kingdom of Cook County

So someone, no one knows who, decided Stroger should resign. Someone decided John Daley should fill his shoes. Is there truly a succession document? Who made that decision?


Several Cook County commissioners were on Channel 11 the other night talking about these issues. They were asked if the voters of Cook County even cared. The commissioners believed we did, but said THEY HADN'T HEARD FROM ANY OF US!!!!

So lets do it people. Call your commissioner. Tell them we don't want to live in a county that has no ethics, that has a board incapable of making decisions without a chairman. Tell them we're sick of politics in this city and this county and we're sick of being treated like a bunch of uneducated rubes who will allow the first family of Chicago to call the shots for the whole county.

How many developers will be entrenched in this county with backroom deals and giveaways at our expense by the time the election takes place.

Our public schools are a disgrace, the air is impossible to breathe, tens of thousands of people have no health care, asthma is rising at an alarming rate, our roads are a mess, WHAT ARE THEY SPENDING OUR HARD EARNED MONEY ON?

It's time we took our government back. This mess is indicative of people who are so cock sure that they have absolute control and can't be stopped or unseated that they think they can just HAND people political offices without a thought to the voters. Even with corruption trials everywhere we turn, they STILL think they are untouchable. It's bad enough our city council voted to ban a certain food from restaurants, now we have Ed Burke deciding how our food should be cooked.

Who do these people think they are!!!!!

There are four things we can do.

1. Go to the next Cook County Board meeting and let them know we aren't going to take this anymore. We want a transparent, HONEST government and WE WILL HAVE IT!!!

2. If you can't go to the board meeting - call your commissioner's office and GIVE THEM AN EARFUL. Tell them we want the BOARD to elect an interim president. Let them know you'll be watching them and they had better stick up for your interests or they won't be given another opportunity because you'll VOTE THEM OUT!!!

3. Call your committeeman, your alderman, your state rep, tell them all you've had enough!!!

4. Vote Daley out of office or it will never end.....take back our city, our county and our state.

Do you want to live like this forever? Do you think this is what democracy is all about? I don't. This is what dictatorships, monarchies and police states are all about. I for one didn't sign up for any of the above.

Let's take our county back from these corrupt, ruinous despots and make our state something we can again be proud of. When we're finished with our state, we'll work on our country.