Over the years, McHenry County politicians have done their best to turn McHenry County into DuPage County.
The big recession threw up a roadblock.
We are no longer the fastest growing county in Illinois as we were three or four decades in a row.
Now comes the Suburban Life reporting on current and future salaries of DuPage County officials:
Fiscal Year 2015 salary vs. Fiscal Year 2018 salary
- County board members: $50,079 / $52,103
- Chairman: $126,450 / $131,559
- Regional superintendent of Schools: $31,955 / $33,246 [Most of this salary is paid by the State]
- Treasurer: $139,835 / $145,485
- Clerk: $139,835 / $145,485
- Sheriff: $161,573 / $168,100
- $15,000 for supervisor of safety (county sheriff)
- $6,500 for liquor commissioner (board chairman)
- $3,150 for secretary to liquor commissioner (county clerk)
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McHenry County Board members get paid a bit more than $20,000 per year, plus health and life insurance, plus pension and Social Security that can add up to over $40,000 per year.
DuPage County Board members take home more than twice as much:
Board Members – District 1
Board Members – District 2
Board Members – District 3
Board Members District 4
Board Members – District 5
Board Members – District 6
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In addition the Illinois General Assembly provides “stipends” to various countywide elected officials.
I’ve always thought they approached a payoff to keep opponents away.
Of course, in any collar county, what county official would want to take a pay cut to service in the Illinois General Assembly?