New Kane County Board member Mohammad Iqbal, a new Democrat, is pushing to end health care benefits for his part-time colleagues.
That was one of his campaign issues.
“Several members have boosted their salary with health and dental insurance benefit packages exceeding $20,000 per year,” the Tribune’s (former Elgin Courier-News) reports Lqbal said.
Board Chairman Chris Lauzen agrees.
Kane County has an Executive Committee consisting of Committee Chairmen, where Iqbal introduced the idea.
His resolution was referred to the Human Services Committee.
The reporter contacted Kane County Board Vice Chairman Angela Thomas, who said,
“Do you have to be independently wealthy to be a public servant?”
“[If so,] then who does that leave around the table?”
McHenry County has no mechanism through which individual members can introduce resolutions that do not relate to a committee on which they serve.
In Kane County, neither Iqbal nor Lauzen, a retired State Senator, take health benefits.
The issue was brought up four years ago by District 1 candidates David Stieper and Andrew Gasser.
Unlike Lauzen, also a retired legislator eligible for state health insurance, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks continues to force county taxpayers to pay for his family’s coverage.
As a reward, state government sends him $150 each month for saving state taxpayers money.
“The issue is whether the health coverage benefits members have given themselves are legally justified, or that the benefits are a form of corruption with the board members self-dealing at taxpayers’ dollars,” according to Iqbal.
Kane County Board members are paid $25,000 per year, while McHenry County Board members earn about $21,000, plus health benefits.