McHenry County Salaries Ha-Ho

Every year state law requires the posting of salaries and fringe benefits exceeding $75,000 for those employees under the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. McHenry County has done more than that. It has posted the compensation of all employees.

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McHenry County Salaries Ha-Ho — 11 Comments

  1. Taking a break from Christmas festivities and thoguht I would catch up on Cal’s blog.

    Look at the number of people whose actual pay exceeds their budgeted amount.

    AND…look at Tina Hill and Jim Heisler, as examples.

    How does a County Board member exceed their budgeted salary?

  2. For a county board member, the total includes the county’s share of medical and/or dental insurance if the board member has chosen to get such insurance through the county for themselves or themselves and other family members.

    Whether they choose the PPO plan or the HMO plan also makes a difference.

    That probably explains the difference in other salaries that people have noted in these postings.

    All county employees, county board members included, do pay a percentage of their health insurance — and it’s the same percentage for every employee.

  3. Thank you for the insight Ms. Schmidt. Noting Board Member Tina Hill’s budgeted salary is out of date. With her election as board chairman back on December 3rd, her new budgeted salary is $85,000, an over 300% increase in her county salary. Not bad, when you have a full-time county administrator. It’s a shame McHenry County voters will not have any say so on who the county board chairman, since the next time an at-large referendum can be put to voters is in the 2022 General Election.

    Speaking of counties with a full-time county administrator and a county board that elects their chairman like McHenry County, what’s the scoop on the new Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor? Given his age (30) and his unseating of the previous county board chairman over twice his age this month, is this new wunderkind the next Aaron Schock? Interesting write-up from this past Monday’s Daily Herald:

  4. 2022?? A referendum can be put on the ballot at any general election. That means at the April 2013 election and then at the primary election of March 2014.

    A county board can vote to do so within the time limits set for elections. The voters can follow the procedures in state election law to have an advisory referendum put on the ballot at any general election. The signature requirement is significant for such a referendum and therefore is not an easy task but it is do-able.

  5. Nice try Kathy, anyone working there will tell you the total is due to overtime pay.

    You said that probably explains the difference.

    Just say you don’t know.

    Trying to explain the waste with a ” probably” answer , don’t even comment. I will show you my check and show you that none of the “total” amount involves insurance.

    Get your facts straight.

    Some people are making 20,000 or more, more then budgeted.

    That’s not insurance.

  6. Kathy, unless I’ve grossly misread the statute regarding a county under Township Form of Government for the at-large election of the county board chairman, I believe I’m accurate (though I do not have case law knowledge).

    My source is 55 ILCS 5/2-3007, with the most relevant passage: “Chairman of county board; election and term. Any county board when providing for the reapportionment of its county…may provide that the chairman of the county board shall be elected by the voters of the county rather than by the members of the board.”

    Unless I’ve read this wrong (possible, I’m no attorney), the “…when providing for the reapportionment of its county…” section appears to mean a county board can place this referendum on the ballot only in elections immediately following the decennial reapportionment of the county board. This was why Jack Franks placed County Executive referendum on the ballot for 2012.

    If you’re right (and please, show me the statute that proves me wrong compared with the one I cited), then the county board’s timetable to place a referendum on the April ballot next year would be by January 20th (79 days in advance of the election). That would mean, if there is no agenda item for the January 3rd meeting of the county board, it’s not going to referendum, short of a special meeting.

  7. Re county board salaries — county board members do not get overtime pay. They have a flat amount of salary no matter how many or how few hours they are putting into the job. For the county board members, that really appears to be their base salary and health insurance costs to the county. Cal has previously published figures about that and it shows how that adds up.

    I can’t say with certainty what the figures represent for other employees but I personally believe that health insurance is part of it.

    Re IL statute regarding reapportionment: Another one of those not very clear wordings of the law. But Franks did get into the law a means for an advisory referendum that can be held at any general election for the purpose of reducing the size of the board. That shows that matters relating to the board such as number of members can be dealt with at times other than after the census. The chairman question has been considered separately and I am no longer current on the thinking in that regard. But that’s what we have an Attorney General for — to give us the current opinion on that.

    One way to figure this out is to see when those collar counties that switched to an at-large-elected county board chairman did so — was it just in those “census years” or was it outside of the census reapportionment?

    The board meets on January 18, the deadline to get a referendum on the ballot is January 22. (Published SBE calendar) Whether that gives adequate time to vet the question and all its particulars — well, that’s for everyone to come to their own conclusions about.

  8. Kathy you should KNOW, not have a personal belief. If the board members don’t know what’s going on who does? What a joke and waste!

    Why don’t you find out and make it right.

    Why are all these corrections officers making so much over budget, why don’t we hire more to avoid all this overtime?

    This is why the state is broke.

    If it wasn’t for jail revenue mchenry county would be broke too

  9. You’re all killing us with your taxes.

    You all sit comfortably while others pay for you to eat, shop, pay your bills, all on the backs of those who can’t afford to feed their families, get gifts for their children for Christmas, or even pay for a dentist appointment.

    And what are we to do about it?

    Cal, do something with your blog. Use your blog to help those who cannot afford to help themselves fight this flagrant overtaxation.


  10. Isabella:

    You must be new to Cal’s blog.

    It has effectuated change, small and large, or at least brought foolishness to light and allowed it to be challenged.

    People who comment also make their voices heard, though it isn’t always well received based on the comment, emails and telephone calls I receive.

    So Cal’s work and those who challenge what goes on is heard.

    Some change is just more difficult to accomplish than other change.

  11. “Nice try Kathy, anyone working there will tell you the total is due to overtime pay.”

    John I do work there and we don’t get paid any overtime at all.

    The hourly workers do but they don’t get much overtime at all that I have ever seen.

    But more to the point all these people listed including people I know who work salary also have more compensation listed in their total which is no doubt medical benefits, especially since I can see mine and I know I have never received any overtime.

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