I Got Mail

Today when I opened my mailbox at DuPage County I was surprised to find postcards written with words of encouragement and support.  The postcards were written by people as far west as Washington, as far east as Rhode Island, southeastern Kentucky and locally.  The postcards were sent in response to a post on this blog from April 1, 2016 titled “Keeping A Campaign Promise.”  In May of 2016 I voted against the increase in pay for members of the DuPage County Board and DuPage County Wide Elected Officials. When I ran for re-election in 2016 I said I would not accept the increase in pay.  You can read the post here .

I truly appreciate the postcards and thank everyone for their kindness.

 

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Keeping A Campaign Promise

DuPage County is home to some of the highest paid elected officials in the state.  That is why in May of 2016 I voted against the increase in pay for members of the county board and county wide elected officials. When I ran for re-election in 2016 I said I would not accept the increase in pay.

Below is the pay scale adopted by ordinance in May of 2016 for members of the DuPage County Board. The salary prior to the increase was $50,079.

Effective December 5, 2016

Effective December 4, 2017

Effective December 3, 2018

Effective December 2, 2019

$51,081 (2%)

$52,102 (2%)

$52,102 (0%)

$52,102 (0%)

In order to be in compliance with the Illinois Constitution DuPage County was obligated to pay me the salary adopted by ordinance.

SECTION 11. COMPENSATION AND ALLOWANCES
    A member shall receive a salary and allowances as
provided by law, but changes in the salary of a member shall
not take effect during the term for which he has been
elected.

Wanting to keep my promise to not accept the pay increase I contacted DuPage County Assistant State’s Attorney Rick Veenstra.  Through a series of emails and phone conversations we were able to find a solution.  The board members are paid from the general fund. The logical thing to do was to return the money to the general fund. Each quarter I will write a check payable to DuPage County and have it deposited into the county’s general fund.  For 2017 the quarterly payments will be $300.00. In 2018 the quarterly  payments will increase to $505.75

Below is the receipt for the first reimbursement installment.

Board Member Deposit Receipt from Treasurer - 3-28-17