11 months, 2 weeks ago by Bob Gough
We are just days away from the Illinois Primary.
Adams County Board member Becky Weed is running for County Clerk and Recorder along with Chuck Venvertloh and Scott Stone in the Republican primary.
On Tuesday night, Weed made a motion to support Adams County Clerk Georgia Volm's decision to not issue same-sex marriage licenses. The Board took a voice vote and supported Weed's action.
It was off the cuff, informal and not on the agenda. Volm said she didn't even think the Board had voted on it, but a voice vote was taken according to the recorded minutes of Tuesday's meeting.
Volm still issued a statement to me regarding Weed's action.
"It was not on the agenda and inappropriate in that forum. As the election authority I am disturbed by such campaign tactics," Volm said. "As for myself, I am disturbed that I was used by another individual for, what I believe, was their personal gain."
All three candidates supported Volm's action when they were asked about it on WTAD's Morning Meeting on Monday. Weed, being on the County Board, saw the opportunity to formalize her support.
So I guess all three candidates used her?
A Democrat who is not seeking re-election, Volm is chafing at the numerous mentions of audits and perceived problems in her office during this campaign.
Jonathon Schoenekase is the Democrat running for county clerk/recorder. He operates the Courtesy Rides service which gives people rides home from bars when they've had too much to drink. He is also a convicted felon and his service has been controversial as he has operated without any kind of licensing.
As far as it not being on the agenda, The Board didn't vote to take action to create a new position or raise taxes. It was a harmless motion of support.
If a County Board member didn't like it, they should have spoken up then. Or asked for a roll call vote. They didn't.
Statement from Weed on the subject:
"The issue of early implementation of the Same Sex Marriage statute was brought up during a candidate forum on the Morning Meeting on AM930 Monday Morning and later aired on Quincy Journal TV. All three candidates for County Clerk/Recorder voiced support for the position taken by Georgia Volm on the issue. Georgia correctly voiced concerns about any adverse consequences of early implementation of the statute on the couples affected. I was in a position to take action on the matter and I did at the County Board Meeting. The motion was made and seconded with no discussion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of my motion. Georgia was present at the meeting and voiced no concern about the appropriateness of the forum. If there has been any political grandstanding taking place about the issue it has been by Quinn and Madigan pandering to certain segments of the voters."