Committees: the Key to County Government

 

THE QUICK GUIDE TO KANE COUNTY COMMITTEES

 

Generally: The standing committees of the county board, each to consist of seven (7) members unless otherwise provided, shall be as follows:

  • Administration
  • Agriculture
  • County Development
  • Energy & Environmental
  • Finance & Budget
  • Human Services
  • Jobs
  • Judicial & Public Safety
  • Legislative
  • Public Health
  • Public Service
  • Transportation

 

Other notable committees besides the 12 Standing:

  • Executive
  • Committee of the Whole

 

 


 

There's a little secret to government that I want to tell you.

It is not very well known, yet it exists in plain sight (some say it isn't a secret at all!).  

The secret is the key to how our government operates, it emphasizes an aspect of its basic structure and shows where power flows.  It gives us a peak behind the curtain of county government.

People ask me all the time, "how do I get involved?"  And the real answer is not the Hollywood version of activism (which some say distracts us from the REAL politics) with people gathering in the streets and "fighting the man."

 

I tell people to start paying attention to the committees.

 

Committees are where proposals come before a small representation of the board (at least 7 members) to determine if it is worthy for the entire board to vote on.  If a special interest, let's say for solar panels, wants to get the county adopting more solar panels in their buildings, then they would go to the Chair of the Energy and Environmental committee, Penny Wegman, and propose to get on the agenda.  

***(Here is the Directory for the County Board Members, become familiar with and even communicate professionally with your representative.)***

That special interest can simply inform the commissioners on a subject relevant to the county, or they can pitch for a resolution to get and voted on by the committee.  All projects start at this level, this is how to really Follow an Issue.  

Find out which committees will have something to do with your issue of choice by checking Agendas and talking to County Staff.  Staffers are great public resources that hold tons of valuable information about county projects.  Get to know them and treat them well and they will help you.

Also, find other people who are interested in the same issue and combine efforts.  Never underestimate the power of focused research by small groups of inquiring minds. 

 

 You can speak at any committee or board meeting.

You can speak at any committee or board meeting.

Below is a list of the 12 Standing Committees of the Kane County Board, as well as the Executive Committee and the Committee of the Whole.  

The Executive is made up of all the Chairmen of the committees and they put forward resolutions to be included in the Consent Agenda for the next full County Board meeting.  

The Committee of the Whole sees information not otherwise presented in other committee meetings for any number of reasons.  To my knowledge, decisions are not made at this meeting.


 

The Committees

 

(CHAIR, *Vice Chair)

 

Administration:  ALLAN, *Lenert, Dahl, Gillam, Scheflow, Smith, Wegman

This committee shall have jurisdiction over the departments of purchasing, microfilm, central services, general services administration and data processing, including the approval of the purchase of supplies and equipment for each of said offices. This committee shall also have jurisdiction over maintenance and repair of all county grounds and buildings and any permanent improvements thereon; excepting the grounds and buildings of the county highway department, and the adult corrections facility.

Agendas & Minutes

 


 

Agriculture:  SMITH, *Kenyon, Auger, Barreiro, Sanchez, Ishmael, Molina

This committee shall have jurisdiction to offer assistance and technical expertise to other county agencies, municipalities, departments and offices to address concerns unique to agriculture. Recognizing that agriculture is the second leading industry in Kane County, this committee will meet periodically with organizations and groups representing farming interests to propose guidelines to the county board as needed.

Agendas & Minutes

 


 

County Development:  KOJZAREK, *Martin, Auger, Barreiro, Dahl, Lenert, Smith & ex-officio Frasz (Transportation Chair) & Kenyon (Forest Preserve Pres.)

This committee shall have jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to the offices of the county zoning board of appeals, the building officer, the zoning enforcing officer, the plat officer and the county development director, including the approval of the purchase of supplies and equipment for each of said offices. This committee shall also have jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to the building ordinances (chapter 6 of this code), the zoning ordinances (chapter 25 of this code), the subdivision regulations (chapter 19 of this code), the drainage, flood, erosion and sedimentation control ordinances (chapter 9 of this code), the planning and development articles (chapter 16 of this code) and the Kane County cable television ordinance (chapter 10.5 of this code).

This committee shall work in cooperation with the county regional planning commission, planning commissions of cities and villages within the county, and with the northeastern Illinois planning commission, to the end that a constructive plan of development for the county may be updated and adopted consistent with the conceptual land use strategy for Kane County (chapter 27 of this code).

This committee shall also have jurisdiction over the department of environmental management, and all matters pertaining to solid waste directives, goals and policies as defined in the Kane County solid waste management plan, chapter 11 of this code and the Illinois environmental protection act. The goal of the solid waste plan is to ensure the county is meeting its solid waste, recycling and waste reduction requirements and goals. This committee shall also have jurisdiction to direct and oversee the management and environmental management of county owned landfills. Finally, this committee shall have jurisdiction to offer assistance and technical expertise to other county agencies, departments and offices to address environmental concerns and corrective actions for county owned property, and throughout the county.

Agendas & Minutes

 


 

Energy And Environmental Technology:  WEGMAN, *Frasz, Barreiro, Davoust, Hernandez, Kenyon, Sanchez

This committee shall have jurisdiction to offer assistance and technical expertise to other county agencies, municipalities, departments and offices to address environmental concerns and corrective actions for county owned property, and throughout the county. In addition, this committee shall have responsibility for all matters pertaining to the Kane County energy plan and other energy related issues and opportunities including, but not limited to, wind turbines, solar energy generation, alternative fuels and other energy sources and projects.

This committee shall also have jurisdiction over other green sustainable techniques and environmental technologies that apply to county board buildings and properties and it shall have jurisdiction over matters pertaining to the education and promotion of water conservation and efficiency.

The committee shall provide educational materials to the public and coordinate with federal, state and local governments on all programs and initiatives and closely coordinate all work programs and projects with the county development and county transportation committees.

This committee shall have jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to solid waste directives, goals and policies as defined in this code or in the Kane County solid waste management plan, chapter 11 of this code and the Illinois environmental protection act. The goal of the solid waste plan is to ensure the county is meeting its solid waste, recycling and waste reduction requirements and goals. This committee shall also have jurisdiction to direct and oversee the management and end use planning of county owned landfills.

Agendas & Minutes

 


 

Finance/Budget:  HOSCHEIT, *Starrett, Allan, Kojzarek, Lenert, Scheflow, Wegman

This committee shall have jurisdiction over review of budget proposals as presented by standing committees and recommend a balanced budget to be forwarded to the executive committee. It shall also continually review the financial operations of departments for forecasting; recommending policies of planning, economics and efficiency to the executive committee.

The following shall report to this committee: auditor, treasurer and finance director. Nothing in this subsection A9 shall in any way affect the reporting of the auditor and finance director to the executive committee of the county board.

This committee shall review all financing expenditures not within the approved budget as recommended by other standing committees and shall make recommendations regarding the possibility of financing to the executive committee. It shall not be within the powers of the finance/budget committee to determine or change priorities or policies which have been set by the responsible standing committees.

Agendas & Minutes

 


 

Human Services:  LENERT, *Dahl, Allan, Gillam, Martin, Scheflow, Smith

This committee shall have jurisdiction over matters pertaining to county personnel, including, but not limited to, the job classification schedule and pay plan of the county and shall have jurisdiction over the insurance coordinator, and payroll, and the human resources department. The duties of this committee shall not include those duties of the labor management committee as defined elsewhere in this code.

Agendas & Minutes

 


 

Jobs:  GILLAM, DAHL, Hernandez, Lewis, Molina, Davoust, Thomas

This committee will provide guidance to the county board on all matters pertaining to job retention and creation in Kane County. Its objective will be to maintain and increase employment in Kane County and to promote the creation of more jobs that pay higher wages, especially in the private economy.

Committee leadership and membership will survey current employers to learn how the county can protect existing jobs and demonstrate our appreciation for employers' efforts.

The committee will organize a task force type effort to streamline permits and other regulations of businesses to encourage job growth. Efforts will be made to focus attention and community resources on the employment of veterans, especially those returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This committee will have jurisdiction over the promotional efforts of Kane County "sparklers", i.e., employers, employees, individuals and groups that provide especially good examples for Kane County, citizens, and taxpayers.

This committee shall have jurisdiction over the Kane County department of employment and education.

This committee shall have two (2) cochairpersons, each of whom shall be members of the executive committee.

Agendas & Minutes

 


 

Judicial And Public Safety:  MARTIN, *Kojzarek, Gillam, Lenert, Silva, Smith, Starrett

This committee shall have jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to the office of state's attorney, public defender, the police function of the office of sheriff, and the coroner's office, which shall include the purchase of supplies and equipment for said offices where the same is not in conflict with statutory requirements appertaining to said offices.

This committee shall also have jurisdiction over the departments of the youth home, diagnostic center, adult corrections, court services, juvenile court services, adult probation and community correctional services, including the approval of purchase of supplies and equipment for said departments, where the same is not in conflict with statutory requirements, and shall have jurisdiction over the corrections complex fund and any related matters.

This committee shall also have jurisdiction over maintenance and repair of the grounds and buildings of the adult correctional facility, and any permanent improvements thereon. This committee shall also have jurisdiction over all matters relating to the employment of special counsel or attorneys when the same are required by law or action of the board in accordance with applicable law; and shall have jurisdiction over all matters relating to the courts and judiciary, and all matters relating to jury commissioners, and all matters pertaining to dependent children's care and to the judicial functions of the sheriff's office such as bailiffs and process servers.

This committee shall have jurisdiction over the office of the circuit court clerk which shall include approval of the purchase of supplies and equipment for said office, where the same is not in conflict with statutory requirements appertaining to said office.

Agendas  & Minutes

 


 

Legislative:  STARRETT, HERNANDEZ, Allan, Lewis, Silva, Thomas, Wojnicki

This committee shall have jurisdiction over legislative matters pertaining to Kane County government and shall act as the liaison to Kane County's delegation to the Illinois general assembly and to the congress of the United States.

The committee shall have the responsibility to review, evaluate and to recommend action with respect to all pending and proposed legislation affecting or of interest to Kane County government. The committee shall also work with the chairmen of other standing and special committees, countywide elected officials, legislative counsel, other units of local government and nongovernmental organizations in formulating its recommendations.

The committee may also recommend to the county board new legislation that the committee deems necessary or desirable for the people of Kane County.

This committee shall have two (2) cochairpersons, each of whom shall be members of the executive committee.

Agendas & Minutes

 


 

Public Health:  SILVA, *Starrett, Allan, Hernandez, Ishmael, Smith, Thomas

This committee shall have jurisdiction over all matters concerning the county board's function as the board of health established pursuant to applicable statutes and other county ordinances related to the board of health and to all matters relating to county noxious weed control. This committee shall also have jurisdiction over the office of emergency management and the office of the animal control administrator, which shall include the purchase of supplies and equipment for said offices.

Agendas & Minutes

 


 

Public Service:  SCHEFLOW, *Wojnicki, Ishmael, Kenyon, Lewis, Molina, Wegman

This committee shall have jurisdiction of all matters relating to the offices of the county clerk, recorder, superintendent of the educational service region, veterans' assistance commission, collector, board of review and supervisor of assessments. This includes, but is not limited to, the approval of the purchase of supplies and equipment for said offices where the same is not in conflict with statutory requirements, tax extension functions, voter registration, compensation of judges of election and election supplies and tract indexes.

Agendas & Minutes

 


 

Transportation:  FRASZ, *Gillam, Auger, Dahl, Lenert, Sanchez, Smith, es-officio Kojzarek (Co. Dev. Chair)

This committee shall have jurisdiction over all matters relating to county highways, including the repair, maintenance and improvements thereof; the purchasing and acquiring of necessary land by condemnation or otherwise for the construction and improvement of county highways; the purchase and acquiring of necessary gravel deposits; and approval of the purchase of supplies, materials and road equipment needed for the construction and maintenance of county highways; the construction and maintenance of buildings needed for the housing and repair of road equipment; and also approval of the purchase of supplies and equipment for the office of the county superintendent of highways.

This committee shall also have jurisdiction over all matters relating to township motor fuel tax monies allotted to the township as provided by resolutions adopted by this board.

Agendas & Minutes

 


 

Executive:  LAUZEN, Allan, Dahl, Frasz, Gillam, Hernandez, Hoscheit, Kojzarek, Lenert, Martin, Scheflow, Silva, Starrett, Smith, Wegman

This committee shall consist of the chairpersons of all standing committees, including the cochairpersons of the legislative committee and the jobs committee. The chairperson of the county board shall be the chairperson of this committee, and the vice chairperson of the county board, and the deputy chairperson of the county board shall be an ex officio member of this committee. Any member of the executive committee is entitled to one vote on any matter, regardless of the number of appointments each member of the executive committee holds as a result of his or her positions with other standing committees.

This committee shall have jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to the office of the county auditor, the sheriff's department merit commission, and the liquor control commission; including approval of the purchase of supplies and equipment for each of said offices where same is not in conflict with statutory requirements appertaining to said office.

Subject to the approval of the county board, this committee shall also have jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to the compensation of the members of the county board, the rules of order of the county board, fees, salaries, and clerk hiring for and in all departments of the county, and the amount of the salary and per diem compensation of all county officers not otherwise set by law. The structure for the appointment of department heads and adjustment of the salaries of department heads and other employees is as follows:

The county engineer, the supervisor of assessments, and the plat officer, shall be appointed and compensated in a manner set by operation of state statute.

The term "department head" refers to the executive director of the finance department; the executive director of the human resources management department; the director of the division of transportation; the director of development and community services; the director of environmental and water resources; the executive director of building management; the executive director of the health department; the director of office of community reinvestment; the director of office of emergency management; the chief information officer of the information technology department; the supervisor of assessments; and the Kane County emergency communications director of communications.

The appointment of all executive directors is to be initiated by the county board chairman with input for advisory and transparency purposes from the director of human resources management, and the chairman of the standing committee to which the executive director reports for oversight. These advisers will be charged with reviewing and amending as needed the job description, salary range as it fits with the current budget, and the initial review of applicants. The finalists selected by the chairman will then be reviewed by an interview group consisting of the chairman of the standing committee, an ad hoc member of the county board chosen by the board chairman to be preferably another member of the standing committee, the county board chairman, the director of human resources management, and either the board vice chairman or chairman of the finance committee. The final selection for appointment by the board chairman with consensus advice from the interview group will be sent to the full board for consent.

To the extent not set by operation of state statute or other sections of this code, the adjusting of department head salaries is to be initiated by the county board chairman with the advice and consent of the standing committee to which the department head reports, and with the advice and consent of the executive committee, and then with the approval of the county board.

The compensation of employees whose compensation is governed by collective bargaining agreements shall be set by the county board in a manner as set forth in this code.

The salaries of all other individual employees are to be set by the heads of their respective office or department within the budget set under the jurisdiction of the executive committee as approved by the county board.

This committee shall also have jurisdiction over the approval of all official bonds. Each county official furnishing a bond for approval shall be requested to obtain at least three (3) sealed bids from corporate sureties, if corporate sureties are required by the committee.

This committee shall also have jurisdiction over all matters involving county policy and shall be the coordinator of the activities of the various standing committees.

This committee shall also have jurisdiction over all matters relating to the county budget for each fiscal year and shall annually prepare and submit to the county board an estimate of receipts, revenue and expenditures required in any fiscal year, in accordance with the terms and provisions of statute pertaining thereto and shall authorize and direct that the county finance director provide and deliver to each member of the county board a copy of said proposed annual budget and appropriation ordinance at the meeting of the county board at which the annual budget and appropriation ordinance is presented to said board; and the budget and appropriation ordinance shall be made conveniently available for public inspection for at least fifteen (15) days prior to final action thereon by the county board. The executive committee shall also have jurisdiction over the preparation of the annual tax levy for consideration and enactment by the county board in conformance with the statutes of the state.

This committee shall keep itself informed as to proposed legislation affecting the county and any of its officers and to bring to the attention of the board all such legislative matters which the committee deems desirable for the board's consideration. This committee shall act as liaison committee between the board, county officers and heads of county departments and the members of the Illinois legislature.

Agendas & Minutes

 


 

Committee of the Whole: ALL

I don't have an actual definition of this committee at this time, you'll have to excuse me, this is quite embarrassing, I promise you I'm working on it, this has never happened before!

Coming Soon: A Definition!!!

Agendas & Minutes