August 9, 2016 · 0 Comments
DuPage Co., IL. (ECWd) –
At today’s DuPage County board meeting, I discussed board member compensation, and in particular, board member health insurance.
Previously we had written about excessive compensation, FOIA request for compensation, IMRF and Vehicle Allowances, DuPage County’s initial refusal to provide health insurance participation payment information, passage of “retroactive” compensation for elected officials in DuPage County, non-answer answers to questions we presented, and a three-part (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) response to the Letter on Compensation written by the DuPage County State’s Attorney.
As we understand it today, all but one board member is participating in one way or another in the county employee health insurance program. Most are taking “opt-out” payments for not accepting the insurance, and others are actually taking the insurance and costing the taxpayers dearly.
The bottom line for today’s public comment was to drive home the fact that even if everything was properly authorized, and we do not think it was, then the DuPage County Policy on health insurance pushes the county board members out of participation because they do not work full time, or 37.5 hours per week, as required by their own policy in order to participate (see part 2 of previous article).
DuPage County Board Members participating in IMRF:
These figures are the county’s cost per month.
Cronin, Dan – $761.23
Curran, John – $288.20
Eckhoff, P – $293.83
Fichtner, Paul – $288.20
Healy, James – $288.20
Krajewski, Brian – $288.20
Puchaiski, Donald – $294.58
Zay, James – $294.58
DiCianni, Peter – $172.92
DuPage County Board Members participating in the Health and Dental Insurance Program are listed in one of the linked articles above.
Additionally, I requested, as the State’s Attorney stated he would do if asked by the County Board, that the County Board ask the SA to obtain a written opinion from the Attorney General on the issues presented as it relates to all of the compensation being received, how it was approved, if new ordinances setting compensation automatically replace older ones, etc…
Here are the 11 questions I asked be answered in the AG’s opinion (should they decide to seek one):
The State’s Attorney stated he would request an opinion from the Attorney General if asked, and we have previously asked DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin to seek such an opinion. We are asking again that DuPage County seek an opinion from the AG which includes at a minimum the following questions:
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