McHenry County Salaries – A

It’s time to take a look at what McHenry County employees will earn during Fiscal Year 2016.

Since the Fiscal Year starts in December, the numbers below reflect compensation from December, 2015, through December, 2016.

The official title of the report is

Salary Compensation Report Pursuant to Section 120/7.3 of the Open Meetings Act For Fiscal Year 2015-2016

Sheriff’s employees receive clothing allowances ranging from $125 for Court Security Officers to $950 for Detectives and highest ranking Officers.

A couple of high administrators receive a automobile allowance, which I’ll try to note when I get to their names.  In this list Peter Austin receives $8,589.07

Aavang,Michele R County Board Member 21,000.00 20,164.44   41,164.44
Acevedo,Daniel R. Corrections SGT 92,253.88 26,023.92 1,230.24 120,058.04
Acevedo,Lola Office Assistant II 36,328.40 6,904.08 647.04 43,879.52
Acosta,Karla M Laundry Worker 11,875.50     11,875.50
Adamson,Donna M. Office Asst I/Receptionist 28,584.19 20,164.44 908.64 49,657.27
Adolphus,Sara L Food Service Assistant 19,987.50 7,060.56 647.04 27,695.10
Ahern,Ryan M PDO Attorney, Principal 68,531.08 11,149.68 647.04 80,327.80
Ahrens,Laura Certified Nursing Asst I 11,582.22     11,582.22
Alanis,Imelda G Office Assistant II 29,250.15 16,155.36 1,230.24 46,635.75
Albarran,Silvia L Office Assistant II 10,910.48     10,910.48
Alberto,Jinky P Registered Nurse 34,744.32     34,744.32
Alberto,Miguel G Food Service Assistant 8,406.58     8,406.58
Alcantara-Guzman,Karen P Certified Nursing Asst I 13,782.60     13,782.60
Alger,Joseph M Merit Commission 3,900.00     3,900.00
Allsup,Roy W Transportation Spec 10,524.06     10,524.06
Almeida,Ellen J Attorney, Senior 79,650.52 26,023.92 1,230.24 106,904.68
Alvarez,Beatriz V Dental Assistant 36,109.08 16,155.36 1,230.24 53,494.68
Alvarez,Blanca Office Assistant II 32,041.57 16,155.36 1,230.24 49,427.17
Amoo,Edward N. GIS Project Manager 67,278.39 16,155.36 1,230.24 84,663.99
Anderson,Brian Arthur GIS Senior Analyst 58,736.90     58,736.90
Anderson,Katherine R Court/Courtroom Spec I 28,971.00 11,149.68 647.04 40,767.72
Anderson,Melissa R Ex Legal Admin Spec 40,854.50 16,155.36 1,230.24 58,240.10
Anderson,Steven W Court Security Ofcr – Union 37,232.00 26,023.92 1,230.24 64,486.16
Andrews,Natalie C Administrative Specialist III 41,213.40 16,155.36 1,230.24 58,599.00
Andrus,Kelley J Probation Off I 39,060.01 20,164.44 908.64 60,133.09
Annarella,Thomas J Administrator 111,452.56 26,023.92 1,230.24 138,706.72
Anthony,Thomas R DOT Maint Worker 40,776.53 20,400.00   61,176.53
Arms,Beverly L. LPN 51,459.20 11,805.36 647.04 63,911.60
Arndt,Jennifer L Court/Courtroom Spec I 28,113.64 16,155.36 1,230.24 45,499.24
Arrigoni,Elizabeth A Court/Courtroom Spec I 25,421.91 6,904.08 647.04 32,973.03
Arther,Hilary E Permit Technician 49,727.24 11,149.68 647.04 61,523.96
Asplund,Jennifer L Deputy – Union 90,243.30 20,164.44 908.64 111,816.38
Asplund,Michelle M Detective – Union 90,243.30 26,023.92 1,230.24 118,447.46
Augustine,Mary M Registry – CNA 7,142.85     7,142.85
Austin,Peter B County Administrator ** 183,376.42 16,544.40 1,230.24 209,740.13
Avila,Andres Env Health Representative 37,644.36 6,904.08 647.04 45,195.48
Avila,Gilberto Custodian II 25,182.64 16,155.36 1,230.24 42,568.24
Ayers,Charles David Transportation Spec 12,073.06     12,073.06

* With the exception of $4,000, the County Sheriff’s stipend is reimbursed by the State of Illinois. Remaining stipends are reimbursed by the State of Illinois.

In accordance with PA 97-609, and certain requirements within this act, a government entity is required to list on its website the total compensation package for every IMRF covered employee earning a total compensation package in excess of $75,000. Salary and benefit information for IMRF employees are for salaries on FY 2015-16 as it represents numbers that are projected to be earned at the completion of the fiscal year. Numbers do not become actual until the completion of the fiscal year. This information is offered to provide transparency.


McHenry County Salaries – A — 17 Comments

  1. Joe Alger does not deserve to receive one dime of tax payer money

  2. The county contribution to the IMRF pension fund & Social Security is not included.

    Those contributing to IMRF also contribute to Social Security, thus upon retirement receive both an IMRF pension and Social Security.

    What is the employer contribution?

    It varies by employer and year.

    This from the IMRF website.

    “Each participating employer pays a normal cost rate based on the weighted average of its Tier 1 and Tier 2 projected wages (some larger employers have the option of paying an individual normal cost rate).

    For 2014 the average normal cost is 7.64% for Regular employers, 12.61% for SLEP employers, and 17.59% for ECO employers.

    (Eligible employers who opted to have individual rating of normal cost paid the incremental actuarial fees required of the calculation.)”

    SLEP = Sheriff Law Enforcement Plan

    ECO = Elected County Official


    The employer contribution to Social Security is 6.2%.

    The employee contribution to Social Security is also 6.2%.


    The employer contribution to Medicare is 1.45%.

    The employee contribution to Medicare is also 1.45%.

    Starting in 2013 there is an additional employee (not employer) contribution to Medicare of .9% when the employee earns over $200,000.


    Illinois state law (Public Act 86-1444) also requires employers to offer continued employer covered healthcare insurance to employees whom retiree, which is often particularly attractive for those retiring under the age of 65.


    The benefit listed above also don’t include accumulated unused sick days.

    There are various rules for accumulating unused sick days, and the rules have hanged over time.

    One option is to exchange unused days for end of career salary hikes (which also of course boosts the pension payout).

    Another option is to exchange unused sick days for years of service credit to retire earlier.


  3. Still stunned that an LPN (vocational) earns $20K more than an RN (college).

  4. Seeing the salaries is interesting, but that info alone doesn’t tell the whole story.

    For example nurses at Valley Hi are union, while nurses at the health department are non-union.

    In addition, time as an employee is not shown.

    I am very troubled that you include the names of law enforcement officers, especially detectives who can be investigating very bad people covertly.

    I know it’s public record, and interesting to see, but why make it easier for the bad guys to possibly hurt our Sheriff’s Deputies?

  5. One other thing, there is no indication as to who is full-time and who is part-time.

  6. @Mark

    It should be noted that with respect to health insurance requirement, the law only requires the employer to OFFER that insurance at the same rate charged by the carrier for working employees.

    It does NOT require the employer to pay for it.

    When you think about it, it’s probably not a bad thing.

    A group rate plan for, say, 500 employees, is going to be more expensive, per person, than one for 1,000.

    Economy in numbers to spread the risk.

    Unless it’s been changed, the application of unused sick leave doesn’t create a salary hike.

    Whatever accumulated sick leave a retiring employee has accumulated is added to credited service rather than paid out in cash.

    Yes, that additional three, five or ten months will have the effect of boosting the pension multiplier slightly, but ONLY if the retiree begins to draw his or her pension within 6 months of retirement.

    Thus, it really has little effect on early retirement since the person must be within 6 months of his or her minimum age for retirement for it to work to their benefit.

    Flip side of this is that the person could have, but did not, use that sick leave which would have cost the county that person’s entire wage package per day taken in sick leave.

  7. The IMRF compensation report required by Illinois law (Public Act 97-0609 aka PA 97-609) to be posted on local government websites has no requirement to post the employer pension contribution.

    From the law.

    “(5 ILCS 120/7.3)

    “Sec. 7.3. Duty to post information pertaining to benefits offered through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.”

    ” (c) For the purposes of this Section, ‘total compensation package’ means payment by the employer to the employee for salary, health insurance, a housing allowance, a vehicle allowance, a clothing allowance, bonuses, loans, vacation days granted, and sick days granted.

    (Source: P.A. 97-609, eff. 1-1-12.)”


    For transparency purposes PA 97-0609 should be changed to require governments to post the following columns in the compensation report posted on the government website:

    – Employer Contribution to Pension Fund (does not include any Employer Pension Pickup).

    – Employer Contribution to Pension Fund for any Pension Pickup of Employee’s Contribution.

    – Employee Contribution to Pension Fund (does not include any Employer Pension Pickup).


    To be even more complete the law should be changed so all pensionable and non pensionable compensation is included on the report with columns for every type of compensation.

    The public deserves to know the details of how taxpayer dollars are used to compensate public employees.

    Currently those no requirement for Illinois state and local government employers to post a single such comprehensive report of employee compensation.

    So the public does not understand the overall compensation of public employees.

    But the public keeps paying higher and higher taxes and IOU’s for items such as pensions, retiree healthcare, bonds, unpaid bills, etc.

  8. And the amount of income taxes the employees are paying should be noted as well.

  9. To believe that the Public Sector pays income taxes, is also to believe you fill a pool, by drawing water from one end and putting it in the other.

  10. Income taxes are the same for public and private sector, and everyone knows the public sector pays the same income sector as the private sector.

    So when the public sector worker states they pay taxes too…

    It should be pointed out the public sector worker due to their compensation being financed largely through taxes financially benefits proportionally more from those taxes than the private sector worker.

    So public sector workers are often ok with hiked taxes because their compensation or better working conditions return is typically greater than their investment.

    Keeping in mind the public sector workers receive the same government services as the private sector worker.

  11. Tried to make the figures large enough to read.

    You are correct.

    The vacation (and sick) days are not shown.

  12. Mark: I didn’t mention income taxes as anything other than public servants pay them too.

    As you noted, they pay at the same rate as everyone else, so I find it hard to believe the cop arresting a drunk driver or the detective investigating a murder like to pay higher taxes.

    Elected officials may like the revenue increase to create more pork, but I don’t see how those doing the work are jumping for joy at paying more just like the rest of us.

  13. Since higher taxes are needed to cover the pay, current benefits, pensions, and retiree healthcare, the public sector either wants higher taxes or pay frozen and benefits cut.

    Overall Current public sector compensation and benefit levels at current taxation and service levels is not possible.

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