As Lake County Board Chairwoman Suzi Schmidt prepares to go to Springfield as the new State Senator from the 31st District (replacing Michael Bond, see ya, buddy), she is being lauded by her former colleagues on the Board, as well as the press. This obviously signals a change in leadership at the Board level, and the Board will very soon elect a new chairman/chairwoman from among their ranks.
Interestingly, Forest Preserve District Chairwoman Bonnie Thompson Carter has just announced that she will not seek to continue as President of the Forest Preserve Board (under state statute for a county with the population of Lake County, the Boards of the County and the Forest Preserve are co-terminus, but different board members serve in different capacities on each board). Could this signal a run at the Chair of the Board spot for Thompson-Carter?
There's several good options among the current County Board members for the Chair position. We like David Stolman, but we like Bonnie too. Then there's Steve Carlson. What to do? It's times like these that I'm glad the decision isn't up to me. But if they call me to mediate, I'll be happy to do it. ;-)