DuPage Elected Officials seek pay increase

The Daily Hearld reports the following:

Robert Sanchez

Several elected DuPage County officials could get pay bumps over the next two years to keep them in line with what other officials receive.

The county board next month is expected to set pay scales for the auditor, coroner, recorder, circuit court clerk and six county board members for the fiscal years 2017 through 2020. The key issue is whether those officials — all of whom are up for election in November — should get 2 percent pay raises for fiscal 2017, which starts Dec. 1, and for fiscal 2018.

Still, at least one county board member says she won’t support any proposed pay hike for board members.

Elizabeth Chaplin, one of those who would benefit from the raises, said DuPage board members already are paid more than board members in Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. Will County Board members, for example, are paid $23,000 a year.

“We’re asking our other departments to follow … what other counties are doing,” Chaplin said. “How can we then justify giving ourselves increases when we’re so far ahead of everybody else to begin with?”

She said it would “look bad” to approve a pay increase when many DuPage families aren’t getting raises.

“It really is not the right thing to do at this time,” she said.

You can read the full story using the provided link:

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160426/news/160428960/

 

Calls for consolidation finally answered

For years Jean Kaczmarek has been calling for the consolidation of the DuPage County Election Commission and the Clerks Office. When she ran for DuPage County Clerk in 2014 that was her platform.  As an unpaid DuPage government watchdog for a decade, Jean has closely watched the Election Commission.  Jean has uncovered glaring problems there including double-dipping pensions and practices violating the Ethics Ordinance and Personnel Policy.

You can read more about Jean using the provided link:

http://patch.com/illinois/glenellyn/jean-kaczmarek-of-glen-ellyn-announces-run-for-dupage-clerk

 

 

When I ran for DuPage County Board is 2006 and 2012 I also talked about consolidating the DuPage County Election Commission and the Clerks Office.

In the spring of 2015 Senator Chris Nybo and I teamed up and asked the Governors’ Task Force to look into the idea of consolidating the two entities.

The Suburban Life reported the following:

Published: Thursday, May 7, 2015 7:04 p.m. CDT

Nathan Lurz

One of the biggest issues of 2014’s DuPage County clerk race was the future of the DuPage Election Commission – namely whether it should continue.

Now a pair of local legislators are asking the lieutenant governor’s office to take another look at it.

State Sen. Chris Nybo, R-Elmhurst, and Democrat DuPage County Board member Liz Chaplin have teamed up to request a special statewide task force consider dissolving the agency.

The county’s election commission is one of only a few in the state, as most elections are run by each county clerk’s office. DuPage is one of the few that are run by a separate entity.

“We had been talking about consolidation efforts in DuPage, so I thought that if we’re going to be serious about consolidation [then] we need to look at the election commission,” Chaplin said. “Maybe it’s not feasible, maybe it’s not worth doing, but we’re asking the task force to look at it and act on it if they choose.”

The commission was created more than four decades ago, according to the county’s website. As a separate entity, it requires separate personnel, extra office space and extra taxpayer dollars – something worth looking into, Nybo said.

Nybo said Chaplin approached him with the idea, and that the idea had merit.

He said he hoped the consolidation would put the power back into an elected office and setting up a system where the parties themselves choose who sits on the board.

You can read the full story here:

http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2015/05/04/legislators-ask-lieutenant-governor-to-look-at-dupage-election-commission-consolidation/a6y1s0k/?page=2

As more calls for the consolidation of the DuPage Election Commission and the Clerks Office, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin has finally taken the first step to make the consolidation a reality.

The most recent call for consolidation of the two entities came from the Daily Herald Editorial Board, last week they published the following:

Write-in mistakes show need for change in DuPage election system

Or, perhaps some money can be found to improve operations by revisiting the issue of consolidating election work under the county clerk’s purview, as it is done in many other counties. DuPage County has been lauded as a leader in government consolidation in the state. Is there some low-hanging fruit here that’s been missed?

You can read the full editorial here:

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160421/discuss/160429640/

 

DuPage County Clerk does half the job of all other clerks yet is the highest paid but lets go after the deputies

Why Does DuPage Pay the Most for its County Clerk?

Written by Jean Kaczmarek May 14, 2014

DuPage Pays 43 Percent More for its County Clerk than the Average Salary of Top 10 Other County Clerks in Illinois

In every county in Illinois, the electoral process is carried out by the County Clerk’s office, with one exception – DuPage. We are the only county with an independent county-wide electoral process. I’ve been critical of this structure while witnessing years of conflicts of interest, patronage appointments, and massive over-spending.

A conspicuous and strangely overlooked chunk of this over-spending has been the bloated salaries at the top. This month, the County Board will be voting on the salaries of elected officials, so I’ve compiled the clerk salaries of the top ten most-populated counties in Illinois aside from DuPage.

The salaries range from $81,500 to $121,700. The average salary is $99,700. If you ask any of these county clerks what their number one responsibility is, he or she would say: Administration of the electoral process.

Our county clerk has nothing to do with elections, yet he receives a base salary of $143,000. That’s 43 percent more than the average these other clerks make. He receives by far the most pay with the least amount of responsibility.

You can read the full article with the provided link:

http://patch.com/illinois/glenellyn/why-does-dupage-pay-the-most-for-its-county-clerk

 In 2014 DuPage County set salary schedules for the County Board and the other countywide offices that provided for a 2% increase in both FY2017 and FY2018.

County Clerk:*

Salary:

Stipend(s):

T otal:

Cook

$105,000

$6,500

$111,500

DuPage**

$139,835

$6,500

$146,335

Kane

$100,000

$6,500

$106,500

Lake

$121,712

$6,500

$128,212

McHenry

$109,466

$6,500

$115,966

Will

$93,116

$6,500

$99,616

*Note: County Clerk’s receive a $6,500 annual stipend from the Department of Revenue.

 

The Daily Herald Reports the following

Robert Sanchez

DuPage County spends roughly double the money to provide courthouse security as four other collar counties, according to a new study.

The main reason is DuPage’s use of full-time, sworn sheriff’s deputies for almost every court security position. In Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties, lower-paid court security officers are used.
On average, DuPage spends nearly $160,000 annually for each of its 44 courtrooms.

In the other counties, costs range from $75,000 to $95,000 per courtroom, according to the study, done by DuPage administrators for the county board. The study didn’t include Cook County, which uses sheriff’s deputies for court security.

DuPage’s higher costs have sparked a debate between Sheriff John Zaruba and county board members on whether full-time deputies are needed at the main courthouse in Wheaton and four field courts.

“We’re looking for ways that our departments can be cost effective,” said Paul Fichtner, the chairman of the county board’s finance committee. “We’re discovering with the court security that we are way above what other counties pay for similar service.”

You can read the full story using the provided link:

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160424/news/160429334/

Lets not stop with the deputies-elected official salaries should be at the top of the docket

 

 

I certainly hope the same logic is applied when discussing salaries of the elected officials next month. Currently DuPage Countywide elected officials are by far the highest paid in the state.

The Daily Herald  Reports the following 

Robert Sanchez

DuPage County spends roughly double the money to provide courthouse security as four other collar counties, according to a new study.

The main reason is DuPage’s use of full-time, sworn sheriff’s deputies for almost every court security position. In Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties, lower-paid court security officers are used.
On average, DuPage spends nearly $160,000 annually for each of its 44 courtrooms.

In the other counties, costs range from $75,000 to $95,000 per courtroom, according to the study, done by DuPage administrators for the county board. The study didn’t include Cook County, which uses sheriff’s deputies for court security.

DuPage’s higher costs have sparked a debate between Sheriff John Zaruba and county board members on whether full-time deputies are needed at the main courthouse in Wheaton and four field courts.

“We’re looking for ways that our departments can be cost effective,” said Paul Fichtner, the chairman of the county board’s finance committee. “We’re discovering with the court security that we are way above what other counties pay for similar service.”

You can read the full story using the provided link:

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160424/news/160429334/

 

DU PAGE COUNTY STORMWATER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE FINAL AGENDA

April 14, 2016

DU PAGE COUNTY STORMWATER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE FINAL AGENDA

Special Call

ROOM 3500A

421 NORTH COUNTY FARM ROAD WHEATON, IL 60187

6:00 PM

 

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PLANNING COMMITTEE WORKSHOP

  1. CALL TO ORDER
  2. ROLL CALL
  3. PUBLIC COMMENT – PUBLIC COMMENT IS LIMITED TO THREE MINUTES PER PERSON
  4. DISCUSSION/STRATEGIC PLANNING

    A. Discussion — Stormwater Program Assessment

  5. ADJOURNMENT

For more details please use the provided link:

http://dupage.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=7030&Inline=True

 

Flood Insurance Rates Increase

 

Tampa Bay Times reports the following:

Starting Friday, the National Flood Insurance Program will embark on another round of rate increases. For primary home­owners in high-risk zones, experts expect the average increase to be in the 9 percent range. For businesses, the increase will be even higher.

You can read the full story using the below link:

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http://www.tampabay.com/…/romano-surprise-flood-ins…/2271337