Chairman’s court case delayed; decision-making power remains in limbo

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) — Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney’s attempt to regain his powers as chairman have been delayed.

Haney tells 13 WREX a court case scheduled for Wednesday morning has been rescheduled for next Monday.

This hearing is in regards to a motion to reconsider filed by Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross over a recent judgment that granted Haney a special prosecutor in his fight to regain his executive power as chairman.

The delay could be significant for Haney and the appointment of a new county administrator.  On July 11, the board stripped the chairman of his ability to hire a new county administrator, as current administrator, Carla Paschal, gets set to step down on Aug. 2.

Haney has until Thursday to either sign or veto the new ordinance, or he could ask the board to reconsider.

However, if the motion had been ruled in Haney’s favor Wednesday morning, an official complaint and temporary restraining order could have been filed, giving Haney a chance to regain the powers he lost, while the court decides on the lawsuit.  That includes restoring his power to appoint the next county administrator.

It is important to note, there is no guarantee that anything more than the motion to reconsider will be considered by the judge during that hearing, which means the case could be drawn out over several more weeks.

This story will be updated.

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