Firefighter Pensions

A Friend of McHenry County Blog tallied the following pension information for firefighters from the Illinois State Comptroller’s web site: In 2007 there were 3,753 retired firefighters and 9,039 active firefighters. In 2016 there were 5,069 retired firefighters and 9,160 … Continue reading

Algonquin-LITH Fire Protection District Chief Makes Daily Herald List of Chiefs Drawing Pension While Earning Salary Running Different Department

It is not uncommon for police officers and firefighters to get jobs after retirement. In my Village of Lakewood, experienced police officers have been hired that the village otherwise could not have afforded. When the Village Board concluded that the … Continue reading

Pension Funding for McHenry County Townships

Looking at the financial shape of townships in McHenry County, a Friend of McHenry County Blog found the following Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund information filed with the State Comptroller for 2017 (for Algonquin, Chemung, Dorr, Grafton, McHenry, Nunda, Riley and … Continue reading

Focus on Public Pension Shortfall Overlooks Future Public Employee Health Insurance Costs

From Wirepoints: Wirepoints Report: The real cost of pension and public retiree health insurance equals half of Illinois’ budget Illinois owes $73 billion in retiree health insurance benefits for state workers, yet doesn’t have any money set aside to pay for … Continue reading

Illinois Police Institute Features Bob and Anna May Miller’s Pensions

From the Illinois Policy Institute: AMID CONTROVERSY, POLITICAL TOWNSHIP COUPLE BANKS NEARLY $100K IN PENSION BENEFITS Voted out of office in 2017 amid allegations of patronage and waste, Algonquin Township’s former highway commissioner has since found work at neighboring townships … Continue reading

Reick Goes after Pensions of Sex Abusing Teachers

Found on State Rep. Steve Reick’s web site: Rep. Reick Files Legislation to Strip Teachers who Sexually Abuse Students of their Pensions At a recent joint meeting of the House and Senate K-12 Education Committees, a former Walter Payton College … Continue reading

Local Pensions Cause Huge Real Estate Tax Increases

An article by Austin Berg of  the Illinois Policy Institute: WHY YOUR PROPERTY TAX BILL IS SO HIGH, AND HOW TO FIX IT Less than 50 cents of every additional property tax dollar over the last 20 years went to … Continue reading

Pensions and Property Taxes

An article by Austin Berg of  the Illinois Policy Institute: WHY YOUR PROPERTY TAX BILL IS SO HIGH, AND HOW TO FIX IT Less than 50 cents of every additional property tax dollar over the last 20 years went to … Continue reading

Riley and Harrison (Wonder Lake) Grade School Districts Only Ones in McHenry County to Avoid Teacher Pension Spiking Penalties

The following article is reprinted with the permission of the Illinois News Network.  You will note it was written by former Northwest Herald Editor Brett Rowland> INN investigation: McHenry County schools continue to pad pensions, pay $620k in penalties for … Continue reading

Pointing to Algonquin Township Road District Payroll Spiking to Increase Pension Bases Under Bob Miller

Published by Illinois Leaks and republished with permission. Algonquin Township Road District – Why taxpayers may have to pay for a very long time BY KIRK ALLEN ON MAY 28, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) – The Algonquin Township Road District … Continue reading

Ex-LITH Deputy Chief Keeps Pension Despite Sexual Assault on Teen Girl

It was after the Lake in the Hills Police Pension Board meeting was well underway Thursday that I realized I would miss the meeting. Fortunately, the Chicago Tribune sent stringer George Houde to the meeting. That resulted in a page … Continue reading