In an unprecedented move of efficiency and cooperation, the Board unanimously passed the entire consent agenda for the first instance I can recall during my time on the Board. One can only hope this bi-partisan cooperation is but a sign of the year ahead.
The major point of debate occurred prior to the Kane County Board meeting, during the Kane County Forest Preserve Meeting when we elected a new Forest Preserve President for the first time in 12 years. First and foremost, I want to say what a tremendous pleasure it has been working with past President John Hoscheit (R-St. Charles) in this capacity. If I were to choose a role model board member, it would hands down be my colleague from St. Charles. John was the perfect person for this position and has guided the commission through a period of growth with a steady hand and an open mind. Simply the best.
The Board was faced with a tough choice in John’s successor, as we were forced to choose between three of our respected colleagues. All three candidates were qualified and worked hard to gain the position. In the end the commission chose Mike Kenyon (R-South Elgin) to take the Forest Preserve forward. Mike has already committed to working with me on cleaning up the fishing ponds at the Paul Wolff Campgrounds in our district so that patrons could use them to actually fish again (such a novel concept). I look forward to helping Mike fill John’s tremendous shoes.
While the Board unanimously passed the consent agenda, there was one notable item that I wanted to point out. The Board granted Chairman Lauzen authority to execute a contract (once obtained) to lock in lower electric rates for residents of rural Kane County. Several articles have already been written on this subject, which I am proud to say has been a major goal of my first term. (Kane County Connects, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald)
Chairman Lauzen announced the new Standing Committee appointments. I am honored to have been named the new Chair of the County Development Committee, in which I believe at the age of 35 I may be the youngest person to ever serve in that capacity. As the Chair of Development I am also an ex-Officio member of the Transportation Committee, which will play a crucial role in the completion of the long-awaited Longmeadow Parkway Bridge. I will also serve on Judicial & Public Safety, as well as serve as Vice-Chairman of the Grand Victoria Riverboat Grant Committee.
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