DuPage Democrats Weigh In On Election Commission Merger

 

For years Jean Kaczmarek has been calling for the consolidation of the DuPage County Election Commission and the Clerks Office. As an unpaid DuPage government watchdog for a decade, Jean has closely watched the Election Commission. Jean has uncovered glaring problems there including double-dipping pensions and practices violating the Ethics Ordinance and Personnel Policy. Jean was recently recognized by the Citizens Advocacy Center for her efforts to clean up the DuPage Election Commission.

You can read the Citizens Advocacy Center full statement here.

The Daily Herald reports the following

Robert Sanchez

The DuPage Democratic Party chairman says he wants the county to revise its proposal to consolidate the election commission and county clerk’s office to make the move “truly bipartisan.”

DuPage officials plan to ask state lawmakers to return election oversight power to the clerk’s office by merging it with the election commission.
If approved, the commission would become a division of the clerk’s office. In addition, a five-member board of election commissioners would be created to set policy, hold meetings and receive public comment. The county clerk would serve as the panel’s chairman.

Supporters say the plan keeps the election commission board, which currently has three seats and must have representatives from both major political parties. Republicans hold two of the three seats.

But Robert Peickert, the DuPage Democratic Party chairman, says he’s concerned about increasing the election commission board to five members because county board Chairman Dan Cronin, a Republican, still would have the power to appoint four of them.

Jean Kaczmarek, who for years has called for the commission to merge with the clerk’s office, shares similar concerns.

“One person is already making commission appointments without consent of the board or the opposition party,” Kaczmarek said. “It is the job of the elected county clerk to administer elections, not the county board chairman.”

You can read the full story here.

DuPage County Election Commission Consolidation

For years Jean Kaczmarek has been calling for the consolidation of the DuPage County Election Commission and the Clerks Office. When she ran for DuPage County Clerk in 2014 that was her platform. As an unpaid DuPage government watchdog for a decade, Jean has closely watched the is Election Commission. Jean has uncovered glaring problems there including double-dipping pensions and practices violating the Ethics Ordinance and Personnel Policy. Jean was recently recognized by the Citizens Advocacy Center for her efforts to clean up the DuPage Election Commission.

Most recently, Ms. Kaczmarek successfully advocated for an amendment to the DuPage County Election Commission’s Ethics policy to include a prohibition for attorneys working for the election commission from making campaign contributions to candidates for elected offices within the election commission’s jurisdiction.

Ms. Kaczmarek is being recognized for her tireless efforts since 2005 to advocate for good government ethics within the DuPage County Board, the DuPage County Forest Preserve, and the DuPage County Election Commission, including the pursuit of increased transparency, accountability, and efficiency.

You can read the Citizens Advocacy Center full statement here

In the spring of 2015 Senator Chris Nybo and I teamed up and asked the Governors’ Task Force to look into the idea of consolidating the two entities.

You can read about that here.

The Daily Herald reports the following

Robert Sanchez

DuPage County officials will ask state lawmakers to return election oversight power to the county clerk’s office by merging it with the DuPage Election Commission.

The proposed consolidation would combine the functions of both offices while maintaining bipartisan oversight of elections in DuPage, officials said Tuesday.

You can read the full story here.