Board Member’s pay kept at $21K annual salary with existing insurance benefits in 15-9 vote
Amid claims by Board Democrats the new 18 Member, 9 district map being partisan, appointed Democrat John Collins crosses party lines and voted with Republicans on the map, and the salary freeze votes
Last night at the regular meeting of the McHenry County Board, the reapportionment map for the next 5 election cycles beginning next year for electing county board members was approved on a 17-7 vote.
The recorded vote from the County Clerk on the map approval is below (note, Chairman Mike Buehler (R, Crystal Lake) only votes to break a tie):
Seven of the Board’s 8 Democratic Members voted against the new map. Appointed Democrat John K. Collins (Crystal Lake) voted with the Republican majority to approve the new map.
As documented last week in an updated article on McHenry County Blog, an amendment was presented to the resolution moving Grafton Precinct 14 from proposed DIstrict 9 to proposed District 3, which brought all village of Algonquin residents to be represented by two Board districts, instead of the originally proposed 3 district split.
The amendment was approved unanimously by voice vote prior to the formal recorded vote on the amended map.
Around 20 minutes later, most with discussion of the resolution for County Board Members’ raises, and insurance coverage, the vote for the resolution to keep annual salaries at the same $21K per year, beginning in December of 2022 was taken, with the recorded vote below:
While two Republicans voted against the salary and insurance resolution including Board Vice Chair Carolyn Schofield (R, Crystal Lake) citing due diligence she had done and shared with Members and wanting more discussion, Member Collins again voted with the Board majority Republicans to adopt the resolution keeping salary and benefits as is for Board Members.
Republican Board Member Mike Skala (R, Huntley) who participated in the meeting remote, voted with Schofield against the resolution.
The approximately hour and 20 minutes Board meeting video can be accessed here with discussion of the amended reapportionment resolution beginning at the 36 minute mark. Discussion on Board salaries and benefits starts at 55 minute mark.
UPDATE: Approved Map with Precincts and Census Populations
UPDATE: District Census Population Rolled Up by Precinct Populations
McHenry County’s 310,229 Census 2020 population, broken out by the approved County Board districts, are as follows:
- 1: 33,656
- 2: 33,776
- 3: 35,315
- 4: 35,136
- 5: 35,042
- 6: 34,031
- 7: 33,886
- 8: 34,289
- 9: 35,098