Investigate the appointment of Mike Dunn, Jr. to the RVC Board of Trustees.
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A republic, even at the local level, requires its representatives to stand for election. Mike Dunn, Jr. has effectively skipped the election process.
Mike Dunn Jr.'s term was set to end in April 2017. Instead, he will serve into 2019.
He was appointed to a seat vacated by fellow Trustee Ashley Burks. Burks resigned December 20 -- exactly one day after the deadline to submit petitions to run for the Board.** Instead of defending his own position this April, he resigned his seat February 16 so he could be appointed to Burks' open seat in a special meeting of the Board on February 17.
**There is some question as to whether Trustee Burks effectively resigned even earlier. According to public records, she had not attended a full Board meeting since September. This would mean that the Board was well past its 60 days to make Dunn's appointment. By law, the decision would've have been the State's.
To put it simply: the RVC Board of Trustees skipped an election and shut out voters.
Board President Patrick Murphy said, "It's our decision to make and we made it for very good reasons." The Board cited Dunn's experience on the Board as a factor in its decision.
Yet even with the best of intentions, this move raises questions about the trustworthiness of local politicians and, most regrettably, the very legitimacy of the RVC Board of Trustees.
We request the Illinois State Board of Elections to open an investigation into Mike Dunn Jr.'s convenient resignation and subsequent appointment to the RVC Board of Trustees, out of concern that it may violate the letter of Illinois law and certainly tests the spirit of it (110 ILCS 805/3-7(d) from Ch. 122, par. 103-7).
We also urge Governor Rauner to keep his campaign promise to root out cronyism in the state by opening an investigation of his own into the matter.
Finally, we urge community members to contact the RVC Board of Trustees directly to calmly and civilly voice their concerns.
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