Latest updates from the campaign and KC Poor Governance Alerts (KC PGA).
Will Bachman believes in good governance at all levels. Locally in Kane County, the board members should always act with integrity and in the best interest of the residents. It is important for board members to strive to be honorable in execution of their public duties. When these concepts are not upheld, they should be publicly disclosed and mitigated to the extent possible. With this in mind, Will has decided to implement reporting to keep Kane County District 14 residents informed via Kane County Poor Governance Alerts (KC PGA).
KC PGA's will be posted in the News page of this site and also on Facebook and Twitter. The associated social media accounts can be reached via: Facebook - Will Bachman, KC Board 14 and Twitter - @board_kc.
Please like and follow the Facebook page if you would like to be aware of alerts and have an easy method to comment! Additionally, please email Will if you are aware of actions that may be representative of poor governance so it can be reviewed.
It was with a heavy heart that I watched another black person, George Floyd, die while being detained by law enforcement officers in Minneapolis on May 25th. This tragedy is merely the latest instance of minority deaths while engaged in interactions with the police. The protests that have followed have been largely peaceful, with tensions at some locations being elevated by various instigators and the crowd control units' response. While the violence and property damage is regrettable, it pales in comparison to the triggering event, another death occurring under the color of law. This abuse of power should never occur and it must be stopped now... (Click statement title to view in full)
Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:05 PM
This KC PGA was delayed so as not to distract from local pandemic response efforts.
Issue: After a mid-March emergency declaration by Kane County Board Chairman Lauzen, several Elgin Community College (ECC) employees suggested that non-essential County employees should be allowed to work from home. This had occurred at ECC and many businesses and other organizations nationwide to protect the health of the employees and their families. One board member alluded to Lauzen opposing non-essential employees working from home. Lauzen's response was a nine page letter that mentioned his response to the crisis, but in part unjustly attacked the board member. The attack consisted of allegations of a personal nature that in no way involved county business. Details of the incident and further Lauzen comments demeaning state employees can be found at this link to the Daily Herald website1, COVID 19 Squabble, where it was reported.
Resolution: None.This type of behavior is unacceptable for any public official, especially those in a leadership position like Kane County Board Chairman. At a minimum, Lauzen should issue a public apology to the board member, the state employees in general, and Kane County residents for his inappropriate actions. Kane County residents deserve and should demand better than this.
Saturday, February 15, 2020 11:02 PM
In this year's Republican Primary, the incumbent, Chris Lauzen, appears to have essentially appointed County Treasurer Dave Rickert to be the party's chosen representative. The actions taken in this race, while legal, appear to be both unethical and undemocratic in my opinion. Kane County residents deserve better... (Click the item title for the full story)