Shelby Co. (ECWd) -
The newly posted agenda for the next Shelby County Board meeting has an action item for the removal of the County Board Chairman from that position. The fact this is found on the agenda tells me there are good people seeking to do the right thing and take steps towards fixing what is broken in Shelby County.
Within the Counties Code is the provision for such removal. It requires a 4/5ths vote in favor of such removal and while that is a huge hurdle to overcome, 18 out of 22 members, a vote against this item tells the taxpayer where they stand on the lawlessness the County has been operating under for so many years.
(55 ILCS 5/2-1003)
Sec. 2-1003. Chairman and vice-chairman of county board. The county board shall, unless the chairman is elected by the voters of the county, at its first meeting in the month following the month in which county board members are elected, choose one of its members as chairman for a term of 2 years and at the same meeting, choose one of its members as vice-chairman for a term of 2 years. The vice-chairman shall serve in the place of the chairman at any meeting of the county board in which the chairman is not present. In case of the absence of the chairman and the vice-chairman at any meeting, the members present shall choose one of their number as temporary chairman.
A chairman who is chosen by the county board may be removed, with or without cause, upon a motion adopted by an affirmative vote of four-fifths of the county board. Upon adoption of a motion to remove the chairman: (i) the chairman position becomes vacant and the former chairman's compensation shall be prorated to the date the motion was approved; (ii) the vice-chairman immediately assumes the duties of chairman without chairman compensation; and (iii) a new chairman shall be elected at the next regularly scheduled county board meeting. A chairman removed under this Section maintains his or her status as a member of the county board.
(Source: P.A. 101-544, eff. 8-23-19.)
We appreciate those members who are willing to step up to fix what clearly has been broken for years in Shelby County.
A copy of the agenda can be downloaded at this link or viewed below.