Politicians Could Face Voter Recall
Byline: Jeff Engelhardt firstname.lastname@example.org
SPRINGFIELD -- Months after Illinoisans voted to give themselves the right to recall a governor they're dissatisfied with, a push is on to subject other elected officials to the same rules.
At least some people want the power because some local governments already have recall provisions.
And Buffalo Grove may have been the first Illinois municipality in history to recall an elected official when voters ousted Trustee Lisa Stone in November for her controversial behavior on the board.
Now, Rep. Karen May has introduced legislation that would allow voters to recall other elected officials through a direct vote.
The Highland Park Democrat said she believes voters should have that authority, especially after a scandal hit her hometown's park district.Multiple officials were receiving payover $300,000 a year.
"This is constituent-driven," May said. "People felt they had no recourse if someone had four years left on their term and refused to step down."
In Buffalo Grove, Trustee Jeff Braiman served on the board through the historic recall and said while it was an effective process for voters, it delayed a lot of the board's progress for months.
He said the ability for voters to recall couldpressure officials to act in a professional manner so the long process could be avoided.
"If we're not performing our functions as voters want, they should have a right to vote us out," Braiman said. "You would hope if there is a legitimate concern about recall, the person would modify their behavior."
May's plan could be considered by lawmakers this spring.
It's not necessarily a new concept.
After former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested, lawmakers considered several recall plans, some of which included local officials, state lawmakers and even judges. …