GENEVA – Although it would be up to voters to decide to disband the Aurora Election Commission, Kane County officials are ready to address the issue.
“I’d like to see a transparent conversation about the elections in Aurora,” County Board member Phil Lewis, R-St. Charles, said at the Public Service Committee meeting Thursday.
The Aurora Election Commission is responsible for election operations within the Aurora city limits in Kane, Kendall and Will counties.
It became a topic of conversation Thursday when 16th Circuit Court Chief Judge Judith Brawka, who appoints the commissioners to three-year terms, explained a proposed memorandum of understanding between the county, the election commission and Aurora.
The document, which defines certain administrative and financial procedures, is the culmination of 18 months of work between three entities forced to work together, Brawka said. This is the first written agreement between the parties.
She said the document states that Kane County will provide its payments to the commission on June 15.
Suzanne Fahnestock, Kane County supervisor of elections, said the county contributes about $400,000 to the Aurora Election Commission. The city of Aurora’s share is at least that much but more, Brawka said.
Committee members recommended approval of the memo and said this would be a good time to address the future of the Aurora Election Commission. Several members questioned the necessity of having such an entity.
Because the commission was created by a referendum, a referendum would be needed to end it, Fahnestock said.
“It’s not as simple as it may sound,” she said.
The committee, which discussed the formation of a subcommittee to address the issue, agreed to place the topic on next month’s agenda.