by: Diane Benjamin
County Board Chairman Matt Sorensen is quoted today in the Pantagraph: “When we look at these salaries, we’re obligated to look around the state”.
He cast the deciding vote for pay increases for the County Clerk, Sheriff, Treasurer, himself, and other board members. By 2018 the Treasurer and County Clerk will be making over $100,000, the Sheriff over $108,000.
Why are we obligated to look around the state Matt? Is our Treasurer and County Clerk going to move to another county for more money? Are the Board members going to quit? The only thing around the State is other elected officials voting themselves pay raises!
As proof it no longer matters what party you vote for,
these people voted AGAINST the pay raise:
George Wendt Republican
Julie Brandt Democrat Up for election in November (Randall Martin is Nov opponent)
William Caisley Republican
Chuck Erickson Republican Up for election in November
Sonny O’Connor Republican Up for election in November
Ben Owens Republican
Sally Pyne Democrat Up for election in November (MARK JOHNSON is Nov opponent)
Erik Rankin Democrat Up for election in November
Susan Schafer Republican
These people voted FOR the increase:
Matt Sorensen Republican
Don Cavallini Republican Up for election in November
Jim Soeldner Republican Up for election in November
John McIntyre Republican
George Gordon Democrat
Laurie Wollrab Democrat Up for election in November
Rich Buchanan Republican Up for election in November
Victoria Harris Democrat
Paul Sagobiano Democrat Up for election in November (Bennett Morris is Nov opponent)
Carlos Robustelli Democrat Up for election in November
It made no difference what party they claim to be a member of, or if they were up for election this year. How is your salary? Getting raises? Did the board miss the reports of middle class incomes going DOWN?
Sounds like the Board missed the report that 50% of Illinois citizens want to leave the state. I guess they also missed that people are leaving McLean County NOW!
Remember this next year when assessed property values go up, but the Board claims they are keeping the same tax rates. You will be paying more for these raises. They will put a question on the November ballot to eliminate the Auditors Office because they want to get rid of the person holding that office. They will claim to save money – meanwhile NOBODY will be looking out for you.
Don’t forget, the east-side bypass is still on the table thanks to Matt Sorensen.