Forum: Deer recount may be done by state
January 30, 2012 7:28PM
Updated: March 1, 2012 9:50AM
The deer-kill controversy continues in Will County. Homer Glen residents say too many deer were killed last winter in the Messenger Woods and Messenger Marsh forest preserves, and they don’t want another round of killing this season. They’ve demanded a recount of the deer population in those woods to be verified by an independent witness.
I and several others brought our concerns about the recount to a meeting with some of our state legislators — Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Sen. Christine Ragodno (R-Lemont), Sen. Maggie Crotty (D-Oak Forest) and Rep. Renee Kosel (R-New Lenox).
One of our chief complaints was that the recount was being done by forest preserve district staff, with district Commissioner Chuck Maher (R-Naperville) designated to be the independent witness. I had objected to Mr. Maher’s selection and publicly called for him to decline the post because he is one of district board president Cory Singer’s closest political “cronies.”
Mr. Maher has been an outspoken supporter of public hunting in our forest preserves, has repeatedly referred to the deer as “meat” and wants venison recipes published in the forest preserve district’s monthly newsletter. He didn’t balk at supporting President Singer’s agenda, even when it was revealed that, under a hunting program, the cost per deer killed would have been $1,200.
After our meeting, Rep. Durkin sent a letter to the district, requesting that personnel from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources be used to conduct the aerial recount. Rep. Durkin says district officials embraced the suggestion. I’ve heard that the real story is a bit more complicated, but at this point a united front is being presented.
The recount has not yet taken place, and no date has been set. Weather is a limiting factor because a count requires 2-3 inches of snow cover. When details are worked out and the stars align and conditions are right, it will take place with little or no advance notice. Stay tuned.
Will County Board member
Will County Forest Preserve District commissioner
Wants House decision on Jackson soon
The voters need the House Ethics Committee to make a ruling soon regarding U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-2nd) and his potential misuse of his political office to seek the vacant Obama Senate seat.
The March 20 primary election will be here sooner than you think, and the voters need to be well informed before they enter the voting booth. Especially after redistricting, new constituents of the 2nd Congressional District need to know who their representative will be, his/her character and what he/she stands for.
It wouldn’t be fair to the people of the 2nd District if the House Ethics Committee releases a negative ruling after the primary. The voters deserve a representative who upholds and defends the Constitution.