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Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart (D-13th District - Lake Bluff) is announcing her support for state legislation proposed by State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) that would allow for the Lake County Board to remove its own chair.

"I'm pleased to be working with Chair Hart on this good government measure and I look forward to getting this measure passed in Springfield," Bush said. "County board members should be able to hold appointed board chairs accountable if they fail to meet ethical standards or fail to fulfill their responsibilities. That's just common sense."

"We have been through a lot of challenges recently," Hart said. "This board has the responsibility of choosing our own chair and I think it's wholly appropriate that we ask the legislature to change the laws that would allow us to remove an appointed chair if the circumstances ever require it again."

"Chairwoman Hart's proposal will bring much needed accountability to counties throughout the state. We must have confidence that officials responsible for managing taxpayer funds carry out their duties with the utmost integrity, and this initiative is an important step toward realizing that goal," said State Representative Daniel Didech (D-Buffalo Grove).

Last year, Lake County Board members were unable to remove the former chairman from his post after it was revealed that he had used taxpayer dollars for personal expenses. The proposal was added to Lake County's 2019 legislative agenda after receiving bipartisan support of the Lake County Board at its January meeting. Senate Bill 1218 would allow the board to remove a chair from the leadership post, but could not impact that board member's position as an elected board member.

"It's unprecedented that a political leader asks her peers to change the rules so that they could actually take away her position. This is a selfless and appropriate act of leadership by Chairwoman Hart," said board member Adam Didech (D-Buffalo Grove).

The Lake County Board selects its chair from one of the 21 board members elected from districts across the county. Hart became the first Democratic woman to ever hold the post after Democrats gained control of the board for the first time ever in November.


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