|Dan Cronin successful on transparency for redistricting||| Print ||
The DuPage County Board today voted 15-3 to pay an Itasca law firm $125,000 to serve as a consultant over the next year as the board prepares to redraw its districts in accordance with the 2010 census.
Until recently, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin had been frustrated that the proposed contract with the firm Schirott, Luetkehans and Garner initially had contained a confidentiality clause, which would have limited information that the firm produced only to the board's seven-member redistricting committee. However, after some very public protests from Cronin, the redistricting committee and the law firm both agreed recently to drop the confidentiality clause.
"My primary interest is to ensure this process remains open, transparent and inclusive," Cronin said after the vote. "I applaud the board for agreeing to eliminate any roadblock to free-flowing information or ideas. Unless there is a compelling reason otherwise, contracts paid for by taxpayers shouldn't shield information from the public, the press or other decision-makers."