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New policy for Kane’s Executive Committee is anti-democratic

Updated: March 13, 2013 6:09AM

New policy for Kane’s Executive Committee is anti-democratic

As a long (long)-time observer of Kane County government, I can say with surety that sitting board members have always been allowed to fully participate in Executive Committee discussions.

Although some recent board members have exercised that right to the point of being reliably tedious, it was their right nonetheless. Under the current committee structure, Executive Committee is the singular place board members can come to learn about and, if necessary, question the full workings of the board.

For reasons only the current board chairman understands, certain — and only certain — elected officials must now “sign up” ahead of time to exercise their right to fully represent their constituency. Aside from seeming curiously punitive, this new policy is also a direct affront to the “freedom” of speech, not to mention a very transparent attempt to pit “us against them.”

In short, this new policy is the antithesis of democracy and needs to be rescinded immediately.

Kay Catlin

St. Charles Township

Grateful for return of Elgin ice rink, hope it will be back next year

I just wanted to send my thanks and compliments to the city of Elgin for bringing back the ice skating rink.

We missed not having it in the area last winter, and I know lots of other families did, too. It is a fun, safe way to spend a winter day. We missed not having the opportunity to skate last year due to the fact that we didn’t have the rink downtown.

I am very grateful to the mayor, the parks and recreation department, and the city for returning this family fun activity to our city, and I hope it is here to stay. We look forward to seeing it next winter.

Jack Duffy


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