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Will County Dems and GOP agree on swearing-in ceremony

Will County Board Chairman Jim Moustis speaks with SouthtownStar Editorial Board Thursday July 5 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

Will County Board Chairman Jim Moustis speaks with the SouthtownStar Editorial Board Thursday, July 5, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 29, 2012 6:25AM



Though his days may be numbered as chairman of the Will County Board, Jim Moustis showed on Tuesday he’s still running the show.

During a county board executive committee meeting, the Frankfort Township Republican suggested Monday’s swearing-in ceremony for a new 26-member board should be separate from the board’s reorganization meeting. Republicans and Democrats alike went along with Moustis’ suggestion.

The new board will be sworn in at 9:30 a.m. Monday; the reorganization meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 12. Both meetings will be at the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St.

Moustis said the swearing-in ceremony, which will include 15 incumbents and 11 new members, should be a celebratory day. Other Republicans agreed saying it’s a day for photos, families, cake and coffee.

“Let’s leave a happy day a happy day,” Moustis said.

In contrast, the reorganization meeting might be heated. For the first time since 1980, Democrats will have the edge on the board. The two parties are tied with 13 members each, but Will County Executive Larry Walsh, a Democrat, can cast tie-breaking votes. That means board member Herb Brooks Jr., D-Joliet, will most likely be the new county board leader, not Moustis, who has held the post for 12 years.

That won’t stop Republicans from engaging in “lively debate” on new rules proposed by Democrats, Moustis said. But while he’s hinted that Republicans could boycott a meeting to prevent a quorum needed to conduct business if things get really nasty, Moustis said that won’t happen at the reorganization meeting.

“We’ll have our meeting on the 12th,” he said. “I fully expect we will express our views on the rules and what they should be.”

Democrat Nick Palmer, Walsh’s chief of staff, did not voice opposition to holding two meetings.

“I just want to get it done so we can move on,” he said.



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