Alliance for Land, Agriculture and Water

2016 County Board District Endorsements

NEW! 2016 County Board District  Endorsements!

ALAW endorses the following candidates for County Board:

Tom Wilbeck, District 1; 

Jeffrey Thorsen, District 2; 

Michael Walkup, District 3; 

Andrew Snarski, District 5;

Ersel Schuster, District 6.

Protecting the aquifers we rely on for our water in this County has been a core issue for the Alliance for Land, Agriculture and Water (ALAW) from its beginning.  Without access to good water, property is devalued, the ability to live and work in an area is compromised and future development stops. Studies have shown aquifer stress and depletion in McHenry County for years, but meaningful solutions have not been implemented

We believe that these candidates will work to protect our aquifers and essential groundwater recharge areas, ensuring that our County continues to be a viable, desirable place to live, work and raise a family.

Sincerely.

Patricia Kennedy, President

Alliance for Land, Agriculture and Water

All the endorsed candidates have voluntarily filed an Addendum to Statement of Economic Interests with ALAW. For more information see below.

VOTE MARCH 15, 2016!

LET THE SUN SHINE IN!

WHY SHOULD THE COUNTY KEEP USING THE ALAW ECONOMIC INTEREST DISCLOSURE ADDENDUM?

 

Once again the proposal to eliminate the requirement for county officials to file the Addendum to Statement of Economic Interest form has been raised by the County Clerk, in a Management Services Committee meeting.  

 

The purpose of the Addendum was and continues to be to reassure residents that government officials will avoid conflicts and will serve their constituents best interests.  It was brought to the County Board by the Alliance for Land, Agriculture and Water (ALAW) at a time when there was general perception among the citizenry that certain County Board members had failed in this responsibility. The Addendum requires up-front disclosure of the officials’ real property and business interests beyond that required by the state form.

The complaint raised in the Management Services Committee is that the form has “kept good people away from applying for these positions”.  In a county of over 300,000 people, if there is a scarcity of citizens who want to participate in their government, there is a bigger problem than a simple disclosure form. And if it’s the same small handful of good people being appointed every time, then a disclosure of private interests that may present a conflict is even more important.

Volunteer boards in this County are responsible for large amounts of money and far-reaching policy decisions that can impact real property and business interests in the County. Requiring disclosure of potential conflicts from volunteers to these powerful board positions makes sense.  It protects the board member, protects the public interest and removes any chance that there will be even the appearance of impropriety in public dealings.


      

"McHenry County Economic Interests and Conflicts of lnterest Disclosure Ordinance"

DISCLOSURE ORDINANCE FOR OUR PUBLIC OFFICIALS  CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

 The ALAW Statement of Economic Interests form was developed as an addendum and approved by the COUNTY BOARD AND is NOW required filing for all county elected officials.

WE ASK HOW MANY COMMISSION AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO ALLOCATE LARGE SUMS OF MONEY HAVE BEEN EXCUSED FROM DISCLOSING POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST?  IS THE COUNTY LOOKING THE OTHER WAY FOR PEOPLE WHO SIMPLY DO NOT WANT TO FILL OUT THE FORM?

HISTORY:  CLICK ON "CONFLICTS DISCLOSURE" TO READ THE  ORDINANCE and THE ALAW RESPONSES TO CONCERNS FROM COUNTY BOARD MEMBERS and Conor Brown, Realtors Association representative.


Contact us at alaw.mail@gmail.c
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Alliance for Land, Agriculture and Water
PO Box 1021, Woodstock, Il 60098



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