You know a village trustee is in it for the money when his salary is $22,000.
No, that’s not in McHenry County.
It’s in Orland Park.
That’s what the Chicago Tribune reported.
Orland Park is where ex-Metra Board Chairman Brad O’Halloran makes his political base.
He apparently didn’t know that state law prohibits Metra Board members from getting money from another governmental entity.
Did I mention he was the Chairman of the Metra Board?
What is it about the South Suburbs?
There a number of municipalities seem to be driven by greed.
Just to give you a comparison, I asked some of the larger municipalities in McHenry County what their village trustees or council members are paid. The results are below:
- Algonquin – $6,000
- Crystal Lake – $2,400
- Huntley – $4,800
- Lake in the Hills – $6,000, if they attend every meeting
- Woodstock – $6,000
When people run for public office they talk about “public service.”
The council/village board members locally have a bigger claim to fulfilling that goal that Metra’s Board Chairman.