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Kane board balks at creating deputy chairmen posts

Updated: February 17, 2013 6:30AM



GENEVA — Kane County government will look a little different under a new Chairman Chris Lauzen administration, and that has some concerned.

On Tuesday, the County Board approved the addition of a Jobs Committee and an Agricultural Committee. The board also sent a measure back to the Administration Committee that would create a deputy chairman position, which some board members have compared to a legislative whip.

Board member Mark Davoust, R-St. Charles, spoke to the board as a citizen, saying that Kane County is beginning to look like Springfield, a distinction that no local constituents have been gunning for.

“We’re adding standing committees. Now we have a deputy chair, which sounds to me like a whip. It all sounds like Springfield to me,” Davoust said.

The board also approved the implementation of co-chairmen for the Legislative and Jobs committees, meaning that there would be both a Republican and Democrat at the helm.

Lauzen, who took office as board chairman last month after serving 20 years as a state senator, said that he thought these co-chairmen would be able to come to some kind of consensus. If there were a tied vote in the Jobs or Legislative committees, then the measure would not pass.

The measure to create a deputy chairman was sent back to the committee level for modification after it was suggested that the post alternate annually between a Republican and a Democrat.

Board member and Kane County GOP Chairman Barb Wojnicki said she felt adding the stipulation that the deputy chairman position must alternate between the political parties smacks of partisanship—which the board to this point has been able to avoid.

“I just think this is a very dangerous road to go down,” she said. “We really want to remain non-partisan, and all work together.”



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