The debate over compensation items McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks unilaterally placed on the Board agenda without approval of any committee.
“The only time you bring up things like this is when you don’t get your [way], former County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller pointed out.
He observed that Franks’ Statement of Economic Interest showed “a connection” to the national lobbying group whose contract renewal was on the agenda.
Chris Christensen pointed out that health benefits were “part of salary compensation and the number of hours is not relevant.”
“I’m completely appalled that you have created a story…for your own benefit and gain.”
In rebuttal, Democrat Paula Yensen said, “I don’t see it as a politicization of this particular benefit.
“I thought it was an opportunity to lead by example.
“I always thought it was an issue of equality.”
Yensen approved of having time sheets.
Pam Althoff vigorously argued “insurance is part of a benefit…part of the salary.”
She explained that she did not receive the benefit. [Althoff, as a retired legislator is eligible for and received health insurance coverage from state government.]
“To the point of being transparent, financially, we’re not going to see any benefit for the next two years.”