La Salle County board members who presently have insurance coverage will, if reelected this case, maintain it. And any board member with out insurance coverage or any first-timers elected this case won’t be so eligible.

The La Salle County Board voted 19-5 to approve this feature Thursday following a prolonged (and at occasions confused) flooring dialogue. One still-unresolved situation is what number of board members might be affected on account of Thursday’s vote.

Board member Mike Kasap (D-La Salle) voted no, against saddling taxpayers with any obligation to fund “self-serving” healthcare for him and his friends on the board.

“And I anticipate them (my constituents) to pay it?” Kasap stated. “I discover it very disrespectful.”

Additionally, the board nonetheless is in search of clearer steerage on how federal COVID-19 aid funds are to be dispersed.

Throughout the public remark interval, board member Randy Freeman (R-Lostant) stated he was approached by a constituent who “went on to high school me” over the board’s proposed use of the restoration funds.

Freeman stated the constituent, whom he didn’t identify, stated funds first are to be directed to individuals dwelling beneath the poverty line are first, then personal not-for-profits, then townships and native boards “after which we fall in line.”

“He stated we’re doing it incorrect,” Freeman stated. “I wish to know: Is the man proper or is he incorrect?”

Board Chairman Don Jensen stated the county continues to judge the proposed makes use of and, if obligatory, will search the assistance of the guide.

In different issues, the board:

  • Defeated proposed will increase in board members’ per diem compensation, which stays $60 and unchanged since 1994.
  • Rejected a much-disputed petition to construct a civil engineering workplace on a 2-acre parcel in Freedom Township.
  • Accepted an enlargement on the Skydive Chicago facility, the place operators plan so as to add a hangar roughly 1,800 sq. ft.


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