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Video: Thornton Township Trustee Gonzalez questions Henyard referendum


Gonzalez: “The township already had a mental health program. We could start it back up if someone really felt strongly about mental health. Why do we need a referendum?”

LANSING, Ill. (March 15, 2024) – Thornton Township Trustee Chris Gonzalez has been the lone dissenting vote at many township board meetings. He sat down with The Lansing Journal to discuss why he regrets nominating Tiffany Henyard as Supervisor, his concerns with the upcoming referendum, the self-serving salary ordinance recently passed, and much more.

Because Lansing voters will have the opportunity to vote on Tuesday, March 19, regarding the three referenda put forth by the Henyard administration, we’ve highlighted that section of the interview in the clip below:

Gonzalez at length

The full 37-minute version of our interview with Trustee Gonzales includes the following topics as indicated at the timestamps listed:

  • 00:35 – Chris Gonzalez has seen the township from every angle
  • 02:18 – Getting a list of hundreds of bills at the last minute
  • 05:35 – Asking questions had made Chris an enemy of Tiffany Henyard
  • 07:46 – “What have I done?” – Chris regrets nominating Tiffany Henyard
  • 12:48 – Mental health referendum on the March 19, 2024 ballot
  • 17:29 – Intentionally crowding the ballot to exclude any opposing referenda
  • 19:56 – Salary ordinance that discourages any opponents
  • 22:37 – Is the Tiffany Henyard Cares Foundation affiliated with Tiffany Henyard?
  • 25:18 – Las Vegas allegations and the potential impact on Supervisor Henyard
  • 27:53 – What can concerned residents do?
  • 29:59 – Is the township level of government even necessary?
  • 33:08 – Will Chris Gonzalez be on the Thornton Township ballot in 2025?

About Thornton Township

Thornton Township Board meetings are scheduled for the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6 p.m. Meetings take place at Thornton Township headquarters, located at 333 E. 162nd Street in South Holland.


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


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