Stauffenberg resigns from board

November 14, 2018

KANKAKEE — Another change has occurred on the Kankakee County Board, and it has nothing to do with last week’s election.

Board member Jim Stauffenberg, R-Manteno, has resigned and the county board is looking for a replacement, according to the agenda for the board’s meeting today. His term was set to expire in 2020.

Because Stauffenberg is a Republican, the board must fill his position with a fellow party member under state law.

Stauffenberg couldn’t be reached for comment, but board Chairman Andy Wheeler, R-Kankakee, said in an email that Stauffenberg left for personal reasons, not because of board business.

Stauffenberg missed 15 percent of meetings from August 2017 to July 2018, a relatively low percentage, according to a Daily Journal analysis of county board attendance.

For a number of years, the county board’s Republican majority split in two factions, one led by Mike Bossert, the other led by Wheeler.

When the board voted on its chairman in 2014, Stauffenberg supported Bossert, who prevailed over Wheeler in 2014.

In a 2014 interview, Stauffenberg, then-chairman of the board’s finance committee, cited Bossert’s background in accounting and public and private finance. He accused Wheeler of being “not mature enough” and that his “opinions just fly out before he thinks.”

Bossert left in 2016, after losing in the primary election. The GOP majority then picked Wheeler.

Earlier this year, Stauffenberg gave Wheeler his backing in the chairman’s ongoing dispute with County Auditor Jake Lee, a fellow Republican.

Stauffenberg joined a 21-3 majority with a resolution ending the requirement for the auditor’s approval on transferring money between accounts. Stauffenberg also was with a 15-9 majority in preventing Lee from weighing in on the issue.

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