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Daily Herald slants county board news

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Daily Herald slants county board news

Too much of what Jim Fuller is writing and his editors are allowing to be printed is slanted opinion rather than accurate news reporting.

Jim Fuller editorializes on the Daily Herald front-page, "Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Lulves ruled Wednesday" after an inaccurate headline blared, "Ruling says hiring violated Kane County policy."

However, this report was so starkly inaccurate that later the same day, State's Attorney Joe McMahon issued a statement that included, "The Kane County State's Attorney expressed no formal or informal opinion about any specific employee, potential employee, independent contractor or potential independent contractor".

So, who do you believe? The real issue at Animal Control that matters to you as a taxpayer is, "Will the large majority of Kane County Board members work together to support the success of collecting $800,000 of fees ... or will a few critics and the Daily Herald demoralize our staff and scuttle our effort to do the job at hand?"

Reporter-manufactured controversy and unmarked front-page editorializing rather than news reporting reminds me of the good ol' boy who went hunting with his friend who had a new bird-dog. Sitting in the duck blind, his friend took a shot, hit a duck that landed in the swamp, the bird-dog took off to fetch running across the top of the water, and came back to no comments from either hunter. After the third time this happened, the owner of the bird-dog looks at his friend and asks, "Notice anything 'bout my dawg?" His friend replied with a drawl, "Yeah, your dawg can't swim!"

My job is not to please newspaper reporters. Instead, my responsibility to you is to keep my promises, i.e. freeze the county property tax levy, treat people respectfully (even reporters who make up "rulings"), and apply management best practices for county administration.

That's what I will do.

Christopher J. Lauzen

Kane County

Board Chairman

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