Every year or so I ask for what McHenry County Board members earn for their part-time jobs.
Besides a flat salary (changed from a per diem or payment for every meeting attended some years back), the members can obtain pension payments in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, just as other county employees, and health benefits. They all participate in Social Security.
Board members are free to opt out of IMRF pension and county health benefits. If they have done so, you will see zeros in the appropriate box.
You will see that Randy Donley, Mary McCann and Robert Novak decided not to participate in the pension system. Novak is retired from the Village of Cary, which may explain his non-participation. He could well be receiving an IMRF pension.
The full package of health benefits is worth $19,725.
That’s almost as much as the cash salary paid for all but County Board Chairman Ken Koehler and Vice Chairman John Jung.
County Board members accepting no health benefits are
- Dianne Evertson
- Tina Hill
- Pete Merkel
- Anna Miller
- Ersel Schuster
Amounts of insurance coverage accepted ranges from $748 to $19,725.
The list of members show those serving during the past two years, as well as those newly-elected.