Live webcast tonight of forum on executive referendum

One of the toughest decisions McHenry County voters face at the polls this Nov. 6 is a binding referendum that, if approved, would change county government to an executive form of government.

Currently, voters elect four County Board members in each of six districts. Every two years, the 24 board members elect their chairman. The board also hires and supervises a county administrator, who manages the day-to-day operations of the county.

Under the executive form of government, voters every four years would elect an executive who would run the daily operations and, among other things, have veto authority over County Board votes.

It's a new concept to McHenry County, and based on the volume and content of letters to the editor on the topic and other conversations I've had, voters have plenty of questions about it.

Tonight, state Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, and state Rep. Mike Tryon, R-Crystal Lake, will debate the merits of the executive form of government at a forum at McHenry County College.

We will carry a live webcast of the forum at NWHerald.com.

Franks gathered the signatures needed to get the referendum on the ballot, and is in favor of the executive form of government. Tryon, a former County Board chairman, is opposed.

I will co-moderate the forum along with Brian Kelly of Patriots United, which organized the event. I appreciate being invited to participate.

If you are uncertain about the referendum question and can't make it to MCC, log onto NWHerald.com and watch it from the comfort of your home.