Read the following notice for a Special McHenry Township Meeting and see if you agree that it is stimulated by the candidates running mainly unopposed–in the April Township election:
In 2018, the Republican-controlled McHenry Township Board cut salaries of full-time election Township officials.
Salaries of current McHenry Township officials are as follows:
- Supervisor – $68,677
- Highway Commissioner – $76,179
- Assessor – $67,677
- Clerk – $13,009
- Trustees – $100 per meeting
Over the four years they are in office, each official, but the Trustees, will see a six percent raise, according to Democratic Party Assessor Mary Mahady.
The Board set the salaries for the terms beginning in May as follows:
- Supervisor – $45,000
- Road Commissioner – $45,000
- Assessor – $45,000
- Clerk – $10,000
It appears this meeting is an attempt to raise the salary levels.
One problem is 60 ILCS 1/30 gives electors their authorities and does allow setting salaries in those authorities.
Second problem: even if they had the authority, 50 ILCS 145/2 (Elected Officials Compensation Ac) requires compensation to be set 180 days prior to term (term starts May 17th, so there is not 180 days).