MCC Considering Resolution Asking Legislators to Repeal Prevailing Wage

I’m willing to bet that the McHenry County College Board room will be packed with the hall crowded for the consideration of a resolution to

“urge the Illinois State elected officials representing the McHenry County College attendance area to create and p;ass legislation to repeal Illinois’ Prevailing Wage Act”

The resolution will be considered after the annual consideration of a resolution state law says every local government must pass.

After defeating it last year, the McHenry County Board passed it this year.

The resolution asking for repeal follows:


WHEREAS, the McHenry County College District #528 Board of Trustees is responsible for advocating to the Illinois state elected officials representing the McHenry County College attendance area in matters that have an impact on the College; and

WHEREAS, the Prevailing Wage Act inhibits competition by artificially setting wages that would otherwise reduce the cost of McHenry County College construction projects; and

WHEREAS, the Prevailing Wage Act causes increased costs which reduces the amount of repair and replacement projects McHenry County College is able to afford; and

WHEREAS, comparison of Bureau of Labor Statistics mean hourly wages for the McHenry County Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) to the Prevailing Wages mandated by the Illinois Department of Labor show that “prevailing” wages average more than 30% higher than market-set wages; and

WHEREAS, 18 states presently have no Prevailing Wage laws, soon to be 19 when Indiana’s repeal takes effect on July 1, 2015; and

WHEREAS, legislators in four other states are having public discussions or have filed bills to repeal their state’s prevailing wage laws; and

WHEREAS, Illinois Governor Rauner has called for eliminating Illinois’ prevailing wage law, claiming from 2002 to 2011 Illinois “overspent by $1.2 billion on education projects alone because of the state’s prevailing wage law.”; and

WHEREAS, the Prevailing Wage Act harms McHenry County College students and staff by requiring unnecessary excess expenditure of funds that would be better spent on instructional needs;


We urge the Illinois state elected officials representing the McHenry County College attendance area to create and pass legislation to repeal Illinois’ Prevailing Wage Act.


MCC Considering Resolution Asking Legislators to Repeal Prevailing Wage — 32 Comments

  1. The resolution wording could be better in this section.

    It states, …”soon to be 19 when Indiana’s repeal takes effect July 1, 2015….”

  2. Dear sunshine blogger: Please remember to take your malfunctioning camera to this meeting. I can’t wait to see that lunaticś poster asking to fire socialist teachers again. And thank you for your service to our democracy and forever rural McHenry county. Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  3. Wisconsin eliminated for schools and local agencies.

    Right now it applies to state projects only.

    Not really sure if this will be good or bad.

    Any yahoo will feel free to do public works and so many companies in IL are already union.

    As far as the college who knows what the wages paid to contractor’s workers really were, tons of wage thieves cheating the system already.

  4. The conservative members of the McHenry County College Board are about to deliver a public spanking to the RINOs on the McHenry County Board this should be fun to watch.

  5. States Without Prevailing Wage Laws
    Alabama – repealed in 1980
    Arizona – invalidated by 1980 court decision
    Repealed in referendum in 1984
    Colorado – repealed in 1985
    Florida – repealed in 1979
    Georgia –
    Idaho – repealed in 1985
    Indiana – repealed in 2015
    Iowa –
    Kansas – repealed in 1987
    Louisiana – repealed in 1988
    Mississippi –
    New Hampshire – repealed in 1985
    North Carolina –
    North Dakota –
    Oklahoma – invalidated by 1995 court decision
    South Carolina –
    South Dakota –
    Utah – repealed in 1981
    Virginia –
    West Virginia – repealed in 2016
    Division of Communications
    Wage and Hour Division
    U.S. Department of Labor
    This document was last revised in January 2017.


  6. Mental masturbation, the Dems and unions control the Illinois House & Senate….where do you think this idea is going?

  7. WHEREAS, McHenry County College should be abolished and education privatized to ensure education goes only to the wealthy and a more perfectly freer, rural, compassionate conservative county with liberty and justice for all. Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  8. So Susan the case was supposed to be heard on February 11th .

    Did the church in fact condemn him to hell where he so obviously belongs.

    Maybe all of this is at the root of why he now attacks our favorite sunshine blogger.

    Enquiring minds want to know.

  9. WIzard?

    The piece is from 2007!

    This clown has been a troublemaker for a l-o-n-g time!

  10. Hi Cindy:

    Ok, thanks for fixing my speed reading problem! But the question remains if anyone knows; what was the result?

    I for one would like to gloat more than a little if our prince of pork-o-rico got his half educated ass kicked out of court.

    You know: Dismissed with prejudice.

  11. See a teacher? Thank a teacher!! Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  12. Compassionate conservative friends: Please make up your mind with respect to the word “agitator.” Is it a person who makes some feel uncomfortable as a representative of truth in a world of lies and deceit? Or is it a person who dreams with mass protests because the Illinois General Assembly refuses to undertake yet another pension reform? Or is it a human being who enjoys character assassination while dreaming of the day when organized labor is finally annihilated? We can tell irresponsible commenters very easily. We know them too well. Despite all this, our sunshine blogger continues to strive in the struggle for the abolition of government and total triumph of big business and freedom. And we are all very proud of him. His is a pension, I suppose, we should all be very happy to help fund. 2018, please do not delay…Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  13. The Devil will get his . . . just a matter of time. Tic, Tock, Tic, Tock.

  14. One sick SOB.

    And they let him and his like teach our children.

  15. Another agitator? See a teacher? Thank a teacher! Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  16. Thank you MCC for taking this stance.

    This wage act cost everyone.

    Every municipal and school in Illinois has to follow this.

    Making the cost of every project more money to complete.

    For example would you like to pay $10,000 to replace a roof on your house or be forced by the state of Illinois to pay $50,000 for the exact same thing?

  17. Here is link to govt. website listing prevailing wages.

    I have searched that site for an explanation of the abbreviations and figures on their wage chart and found none.
    Perhaps someone would explain what all the numbers and acronyms mean.
    Here is first example on chart:




  18. Good laws have unintended consequences bad laws have horrible consequences.

  19. Necessary wars have collateral damage. Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  20. Why would a teacher spout jingoisms? Isn’t teaching supposed to be about learning? Using your mind to explore?

  21. Don’t count on it, Orv.

    Did you see the votes on the county board by so called Conservatives?

    Gutless wonders is bad enough, but then you have two of them gushing over the virtues of the unions.

    Sad sacks- the lot of them but Chuck Wheeler, Col. Wilcox and Dr Rein

    Parish is flip flopping from his vote last year.

    What is he thinking????

    Tirio is undecided?

    Not letting us know what she’s thinking (even if I hold out hope for her, Parish’s vote will cinch this for the Unions!

    There goes your majority!

    There goes any chance for a favorable Vote for the rest of us who pay for this!!!

  22. I am NOT in favor of prevailing wage as such, and I did not support its establishment, but I am in favor of obeying the law OR ELSE changing the law – – – and not by illegally ignoring it.

    Let’s get our legislation in order and not put our administrators at risk by ordering them to violate existing law that we disagree with.

  23. Parrish, first you must understand the law, if you are to obey it.

    You obviously do not.

    If you don’t adopt this, the default rate is set by the Dept of Labor.

    That is all.

  24. Read the statute for yourself, rather than listening to the interpretation of those who either have an agenda or gave only adopted the interpretation of those who haven’t read it themselves…

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