Will County Democratic Central Committee - News

Published on Sunday, July 27, 2014

New law holds county appointees more accountable

Senate Bill 3552, signed earlier this month by Gov. Pat Quinn, applies only to Illinois counties with populations of 300,000 to 2 million. That includes Will, DuPage, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties.

Under the bill, county boards can adopt a code of ethics for accountability, fiscal responsibility, transparency, procurement authority, efficiency and ethics for appointees. Appointees will be held to those standards, but can be removed by a two-thirds majority vote from the county board. State law allows board members to remove appointees for criminal acts.

In Will County’s case, 18 of the 26 board members would be needed to vote the individual out. Reasonable notice of the violation and a hearing would be required before the vote takes place.

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