Champaign Co. Chamber & Farm Bureau Propose Elected County Executive

June 28, 2016
Sign for the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.

Sign for the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, outside their office building in Champaign.

Jim Meadows / WILL

The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and the Champaign County Farm Bureau have teamed up to propose a change in local county government.

In Champaign County, the county government is overseen by the county board. The board members elect their own chairman or woman, and also hire a county administrator to run county government on a day-to-day basis.

But last week, the Chamber and the Farm Bureau said they supported a different form of county government --- one with a county board, but also a county executive elected directly by the voters.

Pictured: Champaign Co. Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Laura Weis (Jim Meadows/WILL)

The two organizations are collecting petition signatures to put a referendum for the proposal on the Champaign County ballot in November.

Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Laura Weis talked with Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows about the proposal.

UPDATE: An expanded version of Weis' interview has been posted ---- 2:45 PM, 6/28/16

Story source: WILL