* The Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Local Government Official - Chicago/Cook County goes to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Commenter “No Nonsence” was right on the money….
She’s no-nonsense, hard-working and has done everything right so far as County Board Prez. She’s been out in front on decriminalization and lowering the jail population, and it took a lot to keep her promise to roll back the sales tax in this period of austerity. Couldn’t have a better leader at the helm of the County Board.
I think we’ve all been impressed by President Preckwinkle’s performance. Is a gubernatorial bid in her future? It’s not a bad idea.
* Runner-up is Mayor Rahm Emanuel…
He has brought a real sense of reform to the city in the first time in, well, forever. He may not be perfect, he may not be polite, but he’s revolutionizing the mayor’s office.
His tenure speaks loudly for itself.
* The nominations for the Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Local Government Official - Collar Counties were all over the place. So, I choose Will County Executive Larry Walsh. Once again, commenter “bored now” points us in the right direction without the bother of capital letters..
electing a democrat to be the county executive in will county was difficult, and a whole lot of things had to come together to make that happen. but the fact is, his election was the easy part. will is, by all indicators, a swing county, both a hotbed of tea party supporters as well as growing minority communities, and one that has always had a strong labor presence. it also has unique rules and trying to hold together coalitions in light of all that has definitely meant that walsh has had his hand full. if he wasn’t so wedded to his community, i’d bet he had wished a thousand times that he never left springfield. but he’s will county’s greatest promoter. another remarkable political talent (btw, i don’t consider walsh a reformer but his political talent can’t be ignored).
Personally, I love me some Larry, but don’t tell him or he’ll get a big head.
* Runner-up is DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin…
In two short years he has reduced headcount and spending and has begun the discussion and process of consolidating services by closing DuPage’s Juvenile Detention Facility. He also appears to have more consolidation on his agenda. They also reformed their employee benefits, cutting long-term cost in a sensible manner.
* The Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Local Government Official - Downstate was a no-brainer. Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten…
He was criticized as being a “party hack” but has proven himself to be an effective, strong, non-partisan leader. He has cut his budget in a time when the county is simply broke, and has brought a new level of technological advancement
Gordy is a former political blogger, so I have always had a soft spot in my heart for him. He got the most votes, but, if truth be told, I would’ve picked him anyway.
* Runner-up goes to Savanna Police Chief Michael Moon. I have never heard of this guy, but this is one wild nomination…
My vote goes to Chief Michael Moon of the Savanna, IL Police Department on the basis that when I had to go out there to do some business for a client, he made sure I didn’t get killed in the process. “Made sure I don’t get killed” is about the highest compliment I can give any official. Chief Moon, my wife and kids thank you and your department.
Um, OK. I lived in Savanna for a while and never felt in danger, but maybe times have changed.
…Adding… I’m told that the Savanna incident in question is described here.
* On to today’s nominations. This is the last and final round…
* Best Contract Lobbyist
* Best In-House Lobbyist
* Best “Do-Gooder” Lobbyist
* The Mike McClain Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Statehouse “Insider”
Do your very best to nominate in all categories, please. And, as always, make sure to fully explain your nominations. Have fun and choose wisely.