On Friday, July 15, the IESA hosted a meeting for the McHenry County business community to speak with Sen. Pamela Althoff and Rep. Michael Tryon about municipalities creating government monopolies by mandating commercial fire accounts be monitored by a government-run center.
More than 60 people attended the breakfast meeting that featured a half-hour presentation and an hour of discussion by local business leaders and state legislators. The message - delivered by a McHenry business person - that the government should not be allowed to create monopolies was applauded during the meeting.
There were two important results from the event: 1) Sen. Althoff and Rep. Tryon will try to facilitate talks between the IESA and the leaders of the fire services; 2) Leaders of the McHenry business community decided to write then promote an amendment to the ordinance that will allow business owners to have a choice of vendors.
The IESA will keep everyone informed about both of the above items as there is development. For more information on the event as reported by the Northwest Herald, please visit http://www.nwherald.com/2011/07/15/officials-respond-to-alarm-concerns/aav0t 5a/. (Or visit www.nwherald.com and search "alarm").