Board member replacement questioned at county meeting

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — People were fired up over how a vacant seat was filled on the board. 

The Champaign County Board meeting started as normal, until public comment was shifted right before the appointment for Josh Hartke’s replacement. 

People came out with guns blazing. 

“Your political process of voting with the new female candidate that you always wanted is illegal, unconstitutional, a scam, a hoax and dishonor to the entire Democratic party and to our local government, to all taxpayers in the whole Champaign County.”

But it didn’t stop there. The NAACP of Champaign County also spoke on the situation.

“The executive committee and the general body find the Champaign County Board having some illegal, discriminatory injustices and practices within their system.”

A couple of other people also discussed it with the county during public discussion. Then some board members spoke up to show their concern. They even asked the board chair his response to the procedural issues.

“I really didn’t like the fact that the meeting was called with a two-day notice. The central committee rules state there has to be five day notice,” says board chair Pius Weibel.

Then the vote went down and it was passed with four no’s in the mix. Tracy Douglas was sworn in following that motion. 

Charles Young, and the Democratic committee chair were asked for a response.

“I felt led to speak out against what I felt was not correct in how they determine how they did certain things which I felt was very discriminatory based on race and gender,” says Charles Young, District 6 candidate.

“In holding the meeting, I followed the statute and have I have followed the statue in every vacancy that has been filled,” says Democratic Central Committee Chair Maryam Ar-Raheem.

One board member says there was a discussion in the past about changing the rules surrounding this process. Another board member says they will go back and consider making some changes. 

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