**TAXPAYER ALERT** - Lake County Under Attack

Village of Barrington News
June 27, 2013

A piece of state legislation, that will have a major financial impact on county operations and our taxpayers, is under serious consideration in Springfield TODAY. Here are some details on this important matter and the legislation, called House Bill 2418 (HB 2418).


The bill mandates that Lake County, and only Lake County, create a new government agency, specifically tasked with administering elections. It requires the county to hire more staff, appoint specific commissioners, create an administrator position and provide office space for this new entity. 


The County estimates that this new, unfunded bureaucracy could cost Lake County taxpayers an additional $600,000.


The responsibility of administering elections is already one of the primary functions of our Lake County government and handled by County Clerk Willard Helander and her staff. They have done a fine job over the years and we have a well run, ethical and fair elections process in Lake County.


Creating this new elections agency, proposed in HB 2418, is unnecessary, duplicative and most of all, a waste of taxpayer dollars. The bill is purely political.


TODAY the Illinois House is set to vote on the matter and I could use your help to challenge Springfield's way of thinking.


Please contact our Lake County delegation of State Representatives and tell them to support Lake County taxpayers and not HB 2418.




Representative Ed Sullivan


51st District
ILhouse51@sbcglobal.net
(217) 782-3696 and (847) 566-5115


Representative Sam Yingling
62nd District
repsamyingling@gmail.com
(217) 782-7320 and (847) 231-6262


Representative Barb Wheeler
64th District
Repwheeler64@gmail.com
(217) 782-1664 and (847) 973-0064


Representative Mike Tryon
66th District
Mike@miketryon.com
(217) 782-0432 and (815) 459-6453


Representative Scott Drury
58th District
repdrury@gmail.com
(217) 782-0902 and (847) 681-8580


Representative Rita Mayfield
60th District
(847) 599-2800 and (217) 558-1012


Representative David McSweeney
52nd District
ilhouse52@gmail.com
(217) 782-1517 and (847) 516-0052


Representative JoAnn Osmond
61st District
(217) 782-8151 and (847) 855-8600