Candidates are already lining up to win the Republican Party primary for Recorder of Deeds next spring.
After all, petition passing for next year’s primary election starts around the first of September.
Long-time incumbent Phyllis Walters is expected to retired. She probably has made every improvement she can think of, including putting every record on digital media.
So who wants to a job that pays over $100,000 a year?
Probably a lot of people, but here are some names I have heard bandied about:
- John Hammerand, current County Board member
- Tina Hill, current County Board member and former Board Chairwoman
- Nick Provenzano, current County Board member, who just came in second while seeking to become County Clerk
- Barbara Wheeler, former County Board member and current State Representative
There is an attraction to the job for Wheeler that the others don’t have.
The commute to and from Springfield takes as long each week as commuting on the train from Crystal Lake to Chicago. That’s a large part of one’s life.
And for the approximately 25% of the year the legislature is in session, personal interaction with one’s children is limited to weekends.
For all four potential candidates, the salary of the Recorder of Deeds is higher than what they earn now and for all four, that higher salary would increase their Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pensions a lot.
If Wheeler decides to run for Recorder, that could lead to a vacancy in the legislature.
The district is split pretty evenly between Lake and McHenry Counties.
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If you have heard other names, please mention them in a comment.