County Board Chair Hosts Final Zoom Listening Session on COVID-19 Emergency May 12

County Board Chair Hosts Final Zoom Listening Session on COVID-19 Emergency May 12

Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen will host his third of three Zoom listening sessions from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, to better understand residents’ concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.


“I believe that there is an important segment of our constituents who feel like they’re not being heard during this emergency,” Lauzen said. “I’d like to invite everyone to ‘listen in.’ ”

Lauzen said the sessions are designed so that “citizens talk, I listen.” Other elected officials or candidates for office are encouraged to listen but not to speak.

The registration invites Kane County residents to sign up in advance, with the option to speak for up to two minutes on the topic of “negative impacts on people’s personal lives” during the pandemic emergency and the Illinois stay-at-home order.

“Naturally, our current priority must be the immediate safety and health of the 532,000 people whom we serve,” Lauzen said in a memo to County Board members. “These efforts of public health and safety are being ably-led by Public Health Director Barb Jeffers and Sheriff Ron Hain. The rest of us are playing our proper roles by enthusiastically providing support and encouragement.

“I would like to make an additional effort on our collective behalf to reach out to those people who may feel that they are not being heard, as far as the impact that the stay-at-home order is having on their families’ lives.”

The listening sessions are a first for Kane County, and Lauzen said the intent is purely to hear what constituents have to say.

“These sessions will not be press conferences,” he said. “They will not even be town hall question-and-answer meetings. They will becitizens talk, I’ll listen.”

Residents will be asked to register and to give a name and their town. The sessions will be recorded and publicly posted, the memo said.

Lauzen said he wanted to make sure politics are left out of the Zoom forum. That’s why elected officials or people seeking elected office are asked to listen but not to speak. Lauzen is not seeking re-election as County Board chairman.

“I remind everyone that I am not running for any political office; so, this is merely an attempt to more-effectively serve,” he said.

After registering online to attend the meeting, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

You are invited to The May 5 Zoom Meeting