By being out of the room, I missed what Lake in the Hills Democrat Paula Yensen said at the McHenry County Board on organization day, but did hear Crystal Lake Democrat Kathy Bergan Schmidt tell fellow board members what she was going to do with the pay raise that she thought should not have been granted the coming year.
Schmidt’s is going to the McHenry County Cooperative Dental Clinic. It is a joint effort by the McHenry County Dental Society and the County Health Department, offering dental services to lower income residents.
“If others (follow my example), well and good,” she said.
Here is the press release Yensen distributed:
Paula Yensen (D-Lake in the Hills) today donated half ($250) of her McHenry County board member pay raise for FY 2011 to the Grafton Food Pantry.
She also donated $250 to Turning Point.
Yensen had voted against the pay increase for County board members, but the State’s Attorney’s office has said that board members could not refuse the increase nor return it to the County. Yensen decided to donate her entire pay increase to the two charities.