County-level appointees who break an ethical code of conduct could lose their posts, under a bill signed into law by the governor. The sponsor, State Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), says, “This allows for the county board chairman to remove someone after a public hearing before the county board and after two-thirds of the county board votes to remove that person. Previously, someone could serve indefinitely until his term expired.”
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The law, effective Jan. 1, applies to only five counties: Du Page, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will, but Morrison says she hopes it can eventually go statewide.