Irresponsible to ignore legal opinions regarding county board size


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Posted Online: May 01, 2013, 11:00 pm
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One of my colleagues on the Rock Island County Board recently claimed that the April referendum on single-member districts circumvents the will of the people and confused voters.

The fact of the matter is, there was much misinformation (about cost savings) and confusion related to the November 2012 referendum on downsizing and restructuring the way the board is elected. Because of that confusion, clarification was needed.

He also raised concerns about referencing legal opinions from the 1970s, in regard to downsizing. Several legal opinions from the Attorney General's Office and State's Attorney John McGehee have been considered. This information is relevant, because the law regarding this matter has not changed.

My colleague repeatedly states that the board can be reduced at any time, yet offers no legal opinion to support that argument. It has actually been suggested that the board initiate its downsizing and let the courts or the state take action against us if it is deemed illegal.

It would not be responsible for us to take that action, which counters every legal opinion received to date, and that would likely open the door to multiple legal issues for the county.

We have requested an opinion from the current Attorney General as to whether the board can be reduced outside of the census window. Our responsibility to the citizens of Rock Island County demands that we act deliberately and cautiously. I believe that the people of this county understand that it is only sensible to listen to sound legal counsel.

Richard "Quijas" Brunk,
Rock Island County Board
District 13,
chair,
Governmental Affairs Committee,
Rock Island County Board















 



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1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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