Lawsuit against Chairman dismissed

by Lynn Meredith
KANE COUNTY—A Kane County judge dismissed a lawsuit against Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay brought by Elburn resident James MacRunnels. The lawsuit claimed that McConnaughay violated county ordinances when she gave out 14 raises to employees.

MacRunnels ran against McConnaughay in the 2008 Republican primary.

“From the beginning we knew this (lawsuit) was a frivolous, unwarranted exercise on Mr. MacRunnels’ part to engage in political gamesmanship,” McConnaughay said. “As you know, he was a former opponent.”

The suit was filed in December 2010 by MacRunnels and claimed that McConnaughay violated Section 2-48 of the Kane County Code. He claims that she gave raises without county board approval as set forth in the code.

“We have the utmost respect for Judge Mueller, but we were of the opinion that she was violating the ordinance in handing out the raises,” said William T. King Jr., attorney for MacRunnels. “Well, she was. It’s there in black and white.”

He said that his client is attempting to stop her from handing out raises without approval.

“But, apparently, she doesn’t want to stop,” he said.

MacRunnels has 30 days in which to appeal the decision.

“We’re exploring our options, but we really don’t know yet,” King said.