Letter: Open letter to Kane County Chairman Karen McConnaughay

By on August 2, 2012

Dear Chairman,
I can see first-hand that any citizen in the county who would dare, at this critical economic juncture, to question 13 raises given that could cost us collectively (adding pension considerations) up to $20,000,000 in salary hikes, you brand as “political” in nature.

It simply is “about the money.”

In fact, it was this kind of reckless spending and the awarding of contracts to campaign donors that caused me to challenge your candidacy in 2008. This may also be the reason why so many yes men saying “yes” to spending our money and “no” to any question about it have been continually unsuccessful as they run for re-election for office.

This is not a vindictive action on my part; it is a financial one. After the hundreds of thousands of dollars that have been spent on lawsuits against various county officeholders, one would think that you would simply agree to have the board members that the voters elected to represent them be part of the process in the future.

I am not charging the taxpayers one dime to ask for this consideration. And with your generous salary collected from the taxpayers, I am wondering why you are not joining me in settling this easily with little financial burden on those you claim to have a “taxpayer interest” concern for.

If your intention is to pressure the people that we elect directly to somehow join you in the granting of raises, you are asking members on the County Board, who were not even there when the raises were given, to hand us a multimillion dollar expense.

Please consider taking responsibility for your own actions. Stop the “politically motivated” charges each time any taxpayer demands to know how our own government spends money. And for once, do the right thing for all of us.

James MacRunnels