Daily Herald: Merging two county offices a top issue

January 2, 2018

Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald

Hopes of a major consolidation victory in DuPage County were dashed in 2017 when state lawmakers failed to approve a measure to combine the county clerk’s office with the DuPage Election Commission.

So it comes as no surprise that the proposed merger is the top issue on county board Chairman Dan Cronin’s to-do list for 2018.

We need them (state lawmakers) to pass a bill that simply folds the election commission into the clerk’s office like in other counties throughout the state,” Cronin said during an interview with the Daily Herald.

Election oversight power was stripped from the clerk’s office in the early 1970s to create the election commission. A state law is required to reverse that move.

Last year, DuPage pushed legislation that would have merged the commission with the county clerk’s office and created a new panel to provide bipartisan oversight of elections. But complaints from DuPage Democrats — concerned about how the panel members would be selected — prevented the measure from advancing through the House.

Now county officials are seeking only to merge the offices.

“It’s cleaner,” Cronin said. “I don’t think there should be any controversy whatsoever.”

Read the full story with the Chairman’s priorities for 2018 here.