Back in February 2011 Dem Rep. Pat Verschoore offered up a bill that would have allowed county government to build courthouses without the permission of voters. Needless to say, that bill was shot down pronto, with Verschoore whining that it wasn’t his doing he was just the puppet of Judge O’Connor.
Verschoore was re-elected overwhelmingly last year and so he is back at it with no fear of voter backlash.
Per the Dispatch-Democrat:
“State Representative Pat Verschoore (D-Hack), has introduced a bill that would allow the Rock Island County Board to build a new courthouse and borrow to cover the expense without asking permission from voters.”
I have never understood how or why the Democrats let the courthouse decay without lifting a finger to repair it. Democrats have controlled county government for over 40 years so essentially the courthouse is the Democrat Party office building housing elected officials, their family and friends who benefit from patronage jobs.
On the other hand, it is understandable that those union raises and perks won’t fund themselves, so tough decisions must be made: reward powerful special interests or fund projects for the common good.
Or maybe it’s not a tough call after all.
Either way the citizens are up at arms over this, but this is exactly the person they voted for over and over. The GOP had two decent candidates for the 72nd last year, but the general dysfunction of the party and the desire of Bobby Schilling to be king-maker split the party with the unfortunate result of another two years of Verschoore. So last year there were two GOP candidates, but now there are none.
But at least Rock Island County will be getting the government they deserve—good and hard.