Kane County Poor Governance Alert (KC PGA) 2: Pandemic Meltdown
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.