McHenry County Board Salaries & Fringe Benefits

Every year or so I ask for what McHenry County Board members earn for their part-time jobs.

McHenry County Board members.

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.


Comments

McHenry County Board Salaries & Fringe Benefits — 14 Comments

  1. Drop in the bucket compared to their counterparts to the east (Lake).

  2. Cal, is Tina Hill getting free medical being a state employee working for Mike Tryon? Won’t she be collecting a princessly pension from the state having 2 state pension jobs? How many people without a college degree will get this much from the State?

    Cal, is it likely Schuster has to be on Medicare because of her over 65 age?

  3. Cal,

    How much are the taxpayers paying for your pension?

  4. Not Grafton Resident: At least Cal has a Maters Degree in Public Policy and was an original founder of McHenry County College.

    In other words he got things accommplished and prevented more costly Democrat stupidity.

    Was worth every penny. Then there’s millionaire Democrat Jack Franks who votes for Madigan every time so he can run Illinois broke.

  5. I may be mistaken, but I believe many public employees do not get Social Security from their public employment when they retire. Therefore, it’s not really fair to question them getting a pension, since a private sector employee would have payments made in their behalf by an employer.

    I’d rather have our officials paid sufficiently, than to have government officials feeling they need to do extra curricular back room deals to get by. 20,000 dollars a year doesn’t seem like a lot for someone who is making such important decisions which affect thousands. Pay too little and you won’t get gifted people to go through what a candidate has to go through to serve the public. Thinking of our current Board Members, there are a couple of positions which could stand a larger incentive. :)

  6. First IMRF employees DO GET SOCIAL SECURITY. (Check out http://www.IMRF.org)

    Secondly being the self promoting sanctimonious people they are, here is the IMRF pension ELECTED OFFICIALS get.

    Under 40 ILCS 5/7 145 (b) the ” ELECTED OFFICIALS” get an enhanced pension much higher than the REGULAR working stiffs in IMRF employment positions.

    ELECTED special people get 3% per year for the first 8 years then they are VESTED. Meaning if they serve TWO terms they can get 24% of their salary for life.

    For the next 4 years they get 4% per year. (Another 16% added on) So if they serve 12 years they get 40% of their salary for life.

    Here’s the kicker…from year 12 on they get 5% per year. So if they serve 20 years they get 80% for life. Not bad for a PART TIME JOB!

    A regular IMRF employee working 40 hours a week must work 45 years and NEVER under any circumstances gets more that 75% of salary. The working persons formula under IMRF is 1 2/3 % for the first 15 years and 2% for those more than 15 years. Many IMRF employees work all year “full time” and make about the same as these PT county board members and elected officials.

  7. When did you last tell the truth about the founders of MCC?

    Don’t any of you find it ironic that you are reading about public employee pensions from a former public employee COLLECTING a HUGE pension?

    Typical Teabagger mantra – lower everyone’s pension amount, just not mine!

  8. My comment didn’t show up.. resend.

    First IMRF employees DO GET SOCIAL SECURITY. (Check out http://www.IMRF.org)

    Secondly being the self promoting sanctimonious people they are, here is the IMRF pension ELECTED OFFICIALS get.

    Under 40 ILCS 5/7 145 (b) the ” ELECTED OFFICIALS” get an enhanced pension much higher than the REGULAR working stiffs in IMRF employment positions.

    ELECTED special people get 3% per year for the first 8 years then they are VESTED. Meaning if they serve TWO terms they can get 24% of their salary for life.

    For the next 4 years they get 4% per year. (Another 16% added on) So if they serve 12 years they get 40% of their salary for life.

    Here’s the kicker…from year 12 on they get 5% per year. So if they serve 20 years they get 80% for life. Not bad for a PART TIME JOB!

    A regular IMRF employee working 40 hours a week must work 45 years and NEVER under any circumstances gets more that 75% of salary. The working persons formula under IMRF is 1 2/3 % for the first 15 years and 2% for those more than 15 years. Many IMRF employees work all year “full time” and make about the same as these PT county board members and elected officials.

  9. Somebody tell me why part-time elected officials should get ANY health insurance, paid-for or not. And why they get paid $20K/year for a couple of monthly meetings and a few phone calls in-between.

    Somebody else pass me a barf bag, please.

  10. It’s wonderful to know that Cal makes more in his pension every year than the average HOUSEHOLD in America, let alone almost three times more than the average income per capita in 2009. Phew, I can sleep better now.

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