Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Will County Discussing Raises for Elected Officials

Just like Will County, DuPage County will possibly be discussing salaries and raises for elected officials.  This must be done 6 months prior to the election in November 2014 leaving the month of May for discussion.  As the article points out DuPage County elected officials are the highest paid officials of the four collar counties. Now would be a good time to contact DuPage County elected officials to let them know if they deserve a raise or not.
The SOUTHTOWN STAR, a Chicago  publication reports

Will County officials are predicting a “lively discussion” about proposed salary increases for elected officials when the county board executive committee meets at 10 a.m. Thursday.
If salaries are to be raised, it must be done a minimum of six months prior to the November election, which leaves the county board with just one more meeting before that deadline, unless it calls a special meeting in early May.
Some elected officials have not had a raise in eight years, said finance committee chairman Steve Wilhelmi, D-Joliet.
The recommended increases would put Will County officials more in line with those in surrounding collar counties, according to a spreadsheet created by Bruce Friefeld, the board’s chief of staff.
Friefeld recommended upping compensation for board members from $23,000 to $28,700, with increases of $700, $750 and $750 in each of the following three years
The comparison with the four other collar counties of Kane, Lake, DuPage and McHenry showed that DuPage County leaders earn the most, but it also is the most populated county, with more than 916,000 people. Board members there earn $50,079, and other officials earn between $139,835 and $176,573.
You can read the full story here.

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