URBANA — Champaign County Board members won't vote tonight on a resolution to designate Sept. 8 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Day in Champaign County.
County board Democrats opted earlier this month to keep the resolution off the agenda for tonight's committee of the whole meeting at 6 p.m. at the Brookens Administrative Center, 1776 E. Washington St., U.
County board Chair C. Pius Weibel said Monday that only three of approximately 12 Democrats at a recent party caucus meeting favored placing the resolution on tonight's agenda.
"I discussed it with James Quisenberry, the vice-chair of the policy committee, and he suggested that we get the caucus opinion. I think I would have overridden it anyway if it had gone to the board," Weibel said. "It's a symbolic issue. It's not a county issue per se.
"I can tell you that since I've been on the board, even before I was chair, I've not voted for these. It first came up when (former Democratic board member) Steve Beckett put up a resolution to honor the Illinois basketball team when they got second place (in the NCAA Final Four). I actually walked out of the room because I didn't want to vote either way. I don't think we should clutter up our agenda with symbolic resolutions which really mean nothing."
The LGBT proposed proclamation was offered to the county board, as well as to the cities of Champaign and Urbana, and to 21 village boards in the county by Robert Michael Doyle of the UP (Uniting Pride) Center of Champaign County.
"I'm just very angry about this. I believe the gay population of the county has a right to go to its county board and ask for this resolution," Doyle said. "The Republicans are openly hostile to us. And the Democrats pretend to be for us, but they are hostile as well."
Tonight's county board committee agenda includes consideration of a request from the county nursing home advisory board to use the county's general corporate fund for possible repayment of revenue anticipation notes to support the operation of the nursing home. The nursing home board wants the authority to get the notes from local banks if the state cannot make its Medicaid reimbursement payments on time.
The board also will consider appointments to the county forest preserve district board and a number of drainage district board.