Nov. 29, 2017
DuPage County Board members plan to put an advisory referendum question on the March ballot to ask voters if the county election commission should be dissolved.
Chairman Dan Cronin earlier this year was counting on state lawmakers to adopt legislation to merge the election commission with the county clerk’s office and create a five-member panel to provide bipartisan oversight of elections.
But the measure got bogged down in the Illinois House after being approved in early May by the state Senate.
“We had some wonderful Democratic legislators who were helping us,” Cronin said. But complaints from DuPage Democrats prevented the measure from advancing through the House, he said.
So Cronin wants the county board to pursue a nonbinding referendum asking to simply return election oversight to the county clerk’s office — power stripped from that office in the early 1970s to create the election commission. A decision on whether to put the question on the ballot could come as soon as Dec. 12.
“Let’s just fold it into the clerk’s office and be done with it,” Cronin said.