Lincolnshire bucks trend, backs Rauner's Turnaround Agenda
Lincolnshire trustees have broken from the pack and endorsed Gov. Bruce Rauner's controversial Turnaround Agenda.
Officials in Mundelein, Libertyville, Naperville, Wauconda, Vernon Hills and other towns throughout the Northwest suburbs have rejected Rauner's proposal, but on Monday Lincolnshire's village board unanimously agreed to support it.
Lincolnshire thus joins a smaller number of suburbs that have backed the plan. Others include Elk Grove Village, Round Lake Beach and East Dundee.
Rauner has asked municipalities to approve a prepared resolution that suggests several measures for improving the state's finances.
Many of the proposals are seen by critics as anti-union or anti-worker. For example, Rauner wants to remove minimum pay requirements for municipal construction work and to give voters the power to create "empowerment zones" where workers in union shops can't be forced to join the union.
Some mayors and trustees who've opposed Rauner's plan have questioned its legality. Others have said such issues need to be resolved by the state legislature and not at the local level.
Before Monday's vote, Lincolnshire Trustee Dan Servi raised a concern about Rauner's proposed limits on property taxes.
Mayor-elect Liz Brandt countered by saying the state's current fiscal situation "is not sustainable" and that something needs to be done to fix it.
"In my mind, I want to give (this) 100 percent support," said Brandt, who took the mayoral oath of office shortly after the Turnaround Agenda discussion.
Brandt also took a swipe at the state lawmakers who represent the village in Springfield. The village sits primarily in the districts of state Sen. Terry Link, a Democrat from Waukegan, and state Rep. Carol Sente, a Democrat from Vernon Hills.
"We need to send a strong message to our representatives, whether it's our state representatives or senator, who have been going the other directions and have done little for Lincolnshire," she said.