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Cross to Introduce Bill to 'Reshape' Plainfield Park District Board

The legislation would increase the board from the current five to nine members.

Tom Cross, R-Oswego. Photo Credit: File photo
Tom Cross, R-Oswego. Photo Credit: File photo
State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) said he's introducing legislation he says will reshape the Plainfield Park District board by increasing it from five to nine members.

House Bill 5593 calls for park district boards like Plainfield's to have five elected members, and four members who would be appointed by municipal officials for initial two-year terms.

According to a synopsis of the bill, the legislation "Amends the Park District Code. Provides that a park district that serves a population within at least 2, but no more than 4, municipalities and serves within a county with a population greater than 100,000 but less than 200,000 shall have a board of commissioners consisting of 9 members (instead of 5 members) that includes 4 appointed commissioners. Sets forth the procedures for appointing the commissioners and the length of their initial and subsequent terms."

Click here to read the full text.

“Government, at all levels, needs to be accountable and responsible to taxpayers and the Plainfield Park District Board is failing at those duties right now,” Cross said in a press release. “After consulting with local Mayors and elected officials, it was determined that the right action was to take bold action to address this problem and prevent further abuses.”

According to Cross, State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant will file a similar Bill in the Senate.

Cross is slated to discuss the legislation with the media during a Friday afternoon conference call. 

Check back with Patch for an update after the call.
Tim February 15, 2014 at 07:41 AM
BNB - I know. It does make it hard to read along. It also makes my posts have more power, and draws more attention to them. I wonder how long it will take that little Klan to figure out they are having exactly the opposite effect that they think they are.
Tim February 15, 2014 at 11:54 AM
The flagging of my posts has even broken this article. The link in this article was a link to my post to HB5593, which now shows as unavailable. I wonder if the flaggers know that my posts are getting passed around in emails to even more people now that their flagging is identified, bringing the posts to an even wider audience than if they left them alone? Nah, they don't seem like the type who understand how the internet works... I couldn't ask for better publicity than what they are doing all on their own.
Ron Jidzny February 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM
My posts are disappearing too, what is going on here.
Ericus Alanas February 15, 2014 at 02:29 PM
Again, Plainfield residents cant even vote 5 correctly, 9 will be a complete failure in 4 years, this bandaid fix is the incorrect solution. Just do a recall vote like they did up north.
Mary Ludemann February 16, 2014 at 08:49 PM
It is very sad that this board majority won't step down even after all the calls for them to do so. That is why I support this legislation. Does it seem extreme that the state has to step in and fix a local problem? Yes, but this local problem does not have a local fix in sight until the first member of this board majority comes up for reelection in 2017. If this board majority could cause so much turmoil in 8 months imagine what they could accomplish in 3 more years. Thank you to everyone in the community for standing up to this board majority.

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