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Two trustees walk out of DuPage Township meeting

Board could not vote to fill supervisor vacancy

DuPage Township government reached a settlement with longtime employee Linda Youngs on June 7, whom the Board of Trustees fired in March.
DuPage Township government reached a settlement with longtime employee Linda Youngs on June 7, whom the Board of Trustees fired in March.

The DuPage Township Board of Trustees was supposed to vote to appoint a new supervisor at its Tuesday meeting, but it wasn’t able to.

Trustees Alyssia Benford and Dennis Raga walked out of the meeting ahead of a vote to appoint Trustee Ken Burgess to fill the position.

Earlier this month, Township Supervisor William Mayer announced he would be stepping down because of a professional opportunity that would require him to travel more. A special meeting was called, in which the board was scheduled to accept his resignation and appoint Burgess to replace him, according to the agenda.

Mayer stepped aside to allow Trustee Maripat Oliver to run the meeting. The board voted to accept his resignation. But before the board could vote to appoint Burgess as the new supervisor, Benford made a motion to table the vote. She said she believed Burgess had to resign as a trustee before he could be appointed to replace Mayer, citing the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act.

After some confusion, Oliver allowed the appointment to be tabled. She and Burgess voted against the motion, while Raga and Benford voted for it. 

Right after that vote, Benford and Raga left the meeting. Without a quorum present, the board could not move forward with appointing a new supervisor. While the supervisor position is vacant, Mayer said he is still obligated to perform some duties, like signing checks. He called the walkout a “stunt.”

Benford and Raga did not return calls for comment. Another township meeting is scheduled for Monday. 

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