Letter to the Editor: While Lauzen Attacks, Burns Runs on Record

Mark Wissing, Geneva Township supervisor, says the difference between the two GOP candidates for County Board chairman is shown in their campaign strategies.

Dear Editor,

Republican voters will be faced with a decision in the primary election to select a new County Board chairman candidate. The choices are Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns and state Sen. Chris Lauzen.

The current County Board chairman, Karen McConnaughay, has decided to run for the new 33rd State Senate seat. This is a loss for Kane County but good for the people of Illinois. McConnaughay has demonstrated strong leadership with conservative fiscal responsibility that has placed the county in excellent financial position.

The candidates have chosen different campaign strategies. Mr. Lauzen has decided to attack Karen McConnaughay’s character and reputation. He has accused her of pay-to-play politics and when asked to prove it he offered no evidence. During two separate debates with Burns (his opponent), Lauzen has turned his attention away from the priorities facing the county and has chosen a position of hostility and false accusations against Karen McConnaughay.

Mayor Burns has decided to demonstrate his track record of bi-partisan support and the skills to run a city with a multimillion-dollar budget. Burns understands the necessity of smaller government and believes in the elimination of unnecessary regulations. Under Burns' leadership, Geneva has reduced its spending significantly.

We don’t need divisive, unproven rhetoric from any candidate; we do need well-reasoned, thoughtful actions from someone who knows the issues at home in Kane County. I believe Kevin Burns has the experience, commitment and integrity to keep us on the road of success for the future of Kane County.


Mark Wissing
Geneva Township Republican Chairman

Rick Nagel February 02, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I deleted several comments because they violated terms of use.
Bill Page February 02, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Karen: I don't care about this "late tax" issue in the least. I think it was one of the silliest litmus tests ever concocted...precisely because it ends up with the proponents tying themselves in knots as they make a distinction between "their guys" late filings and "the other guys." It's really a lesson in how idiotic zero tolerance policies are...the stance Lauzen took - and Jeff Ward backed - was if you pay your taxes late, you're unworthy to hold office. Period. There was no kidney stone exemption, no bringing in the crops exemption, no pay the employees first exemption. Nope. The law Lauzen wanted and Jeff supported was draconian: pay late, you're unfit. So now as they're being hoist by their own petard the excuses start. My reaction is not finger-pointing, but more, "What the hell did you think would happen?" You make stupid rules, you get stupid results. Paying taxes late is not a crime, it happens. And when it happens people pay the tax and penalty and all is right with the world. It's disingenuous of anyone to suggest that the law proposed by Chris wasn't targeted at Cathy Hurlbut. It was. Let's all be adult enough to admit it. Let's all be adult enough to admit the proposed law was a bad idea...unless everyone who supports it, supports the "no exceptions, even for me" clause.
Jeff Ward February 02, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Bill, Let's be careful here! My complete theory has been, if you can't serve on an Illinois park district or fire protection board because you pay your property taxes late - then it should apply to every office holder. And now Ms. McConnaughay, who didn't say a word when Hurlbut was chronically late, has suddenly co-opted my viewpoint when it comes to Cliff Surges. I also believe the current Illinois park/fire board law, sponsored by Kay Hatcher, offers a reasonable grace period before it kicks in which is certainly the way to go. The bottom line is, we don't want people in a position of power, who chronically can't pay their taxes in a timely manner. It's not rocket science. Jeff
Bill Page February 02, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Jeff: If I got that part wrong, my apologies. However, my points still stand: this is a dumb litmus test that ends up with proponents making exceptions when it suits their purposes. Chris' law did not have exceptions or grace periods, so why the whining when it's pointed out several of the people he endorsed were late? (I think flogging Chris for being a day late is beyond silly, by the way) He should admit it was a stupid proposal, aimed at one person, and move along. And honestly, in the pantheon of faults that elected officials can have, paying their taxes late just doesn't register for me.
Karen Phillips February 02, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Actually maybe there are some good points here in both perspectives. Jeff is right to point out the hypocrisy. But the history on the legislation as it was proposed was to remove one member on the fire board that some powerbrokers in Kendall County wanted gone. Everyone seem to jump ship when it was expanded to include some pretty important VIP's that had repeated issues. We should hold people to higher standards when they are elected. It's a club and honor that should be exclusive. My boiling point, I must admit, is when Ms. Hurlbut made the statement that she was being "patriotic" for paying late since she is paying more. And someone driving around a BMW and having vacation property while the employees can't pay for gas to get to work its a little grating. Can we agree to not use a heavy hammer on the private citizen or the week late offender? I differ that it was aimed at one person. The hyocrisy of making it exclusive to a water reclamation board or a fire board just seemed silly. If a lower office that may be volunteer is mandated by legislators (Hatcher's bill) why not those that are higher ranking? JMO.


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