The League of Women Voters held a candidate forum on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the College of Lake County in which the candidates for Lake County Circuit Court Clerk were invited. Chief Deputy Clerk, Republican Keith Brin sparred with his opponent Democrat Rupam Dave over the types of changes needed within the clerk’s office. Brin talked about what he would do to offer remote access using the current software system with a little tweaking to make it more user friendly. His opponent, Dave, said that the system was antiquated and in need of a complete overhaul and redesign, also mentioning that she had several companies ready to offer their services through a bidding process.
Readers of this blog know that I have reported in the past about how Brin spent thousands of unauthorized dollars to create a remote access system that only a ‘select’ few were allowed to use under the guise of beta-testing.
Eventually the clerk’s office was issued a “cease and desist” order telling them to shut it down. This is the same system that Brin claims is a ‘model’ that others are looking at for their offices. They may not know that it merely has a new cover on an old outdated COBOL system which is a programming language first developed by the CODASYL Committee (Conference on Data Systems Languages) in 1960. Imagine how much has changed since then. Opponent Dave pointed out that it would simply be like adding a Band Aid, comparing it to repairing an old VHS machine rather than investing in a new DVD player.
You can view their entire 20 minute debate below which shows moderator Judy Hoffman from the Evanston LWV asking the questions.
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