SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) –
Update: This original Bill was gutted and the provisions mentioned below did not pass and were not enacted into law.
Get elected – hire yourself – be your own supervisor: PRICELESS!
The Illinois House of Representatives passed, by a unanimous vote, House Bill 3501 which directly conflicts with every existing statute and law prohibiting conflicts of interest, self dealing, and nepotism in units of local government.
Rep. Natalie Manley (D), Romeoville, was the Chief Sponsor of this Bill, and Sen Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D), Plainfield, picked it up in the Senate.
The offensive text of HB3501:
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), the governing body of the unit of local government may hire or appoint an elected or appointed official to a second position in the unit of local government with a salary or hourly wages by ordinance or resolution if the ordinance or resolution states the salary or total compensation of an hourly position.
There you have it, if this gets a green light in the Senate and signed by the Governor, every unit of local government in the State of Illinois can simply vote to hire themselves for paid positions within the unit of government they are elected to serve. Nepotism and self-dealing will be authorized by statute. Hell, the County Board could simply hire a private attorney under HB3596 and create new employment opportunities as “admin assistant” to the private attorney position within county government and hire themselves into the newly created jobs. How easy is that?
This affects all units of local government in Illinois, including townships, school districts, street light districts, park district, municipalities, counties, mosquito abatement districts, water district, forest preserves, airport authorities, and every other local government.
So here’s the chance for all you unethical double-dippers: Get elected or appointed to any unit of local government, then create new “employment positions” (or fire good workers so you can hire yourself) and vote to hire yourselves for a premium self-supervised job with great salaries/hourly pay. Just make sure it is in a resolution or ordinance format, and you are golden!
Here is a true example (and consequentially the reason for this legislation in the first place): Bolingbrook City Clerk increase her pay by more than $50K per year by hiring herself as her own full-time assistant (read about it here).
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janniePosted at 14:24h, 11 April
This makes no sense at all. — Basically what it means is I will want to run for a position (office) that I may then be elected to and hire myself as an assistant or whatever paid position. I wonder whose bright ideal this was & did they really understand what they were doing?
jmkraftPosted at 14:27h, 11 April
Chief Sponsor knew exactly what she was doing – protecting the Bolingbrook Clerk who hired herself as her own assistant.
ShaggyPosted at 16:16h, 11 April
Just the opposite. Stop that from happening again.
ShaggyPosted at 16:15h, 11 April
Can’t hire your self after this becomes law. Better hurry and do that now!
CherulPosted at 15:38h, 11 April
Glendale heights Mayor has hired all of her family and her kids best friend in job with great pension. They will love this bill.
ShaggyPosted at 16:17h, 11 April
DavePosted at 16:33h, 11 April
More organized crime from democrap controlled Illinois state govt. Not surprised, when one dirtbag can teach one day and be eligible for a full pension, is this a surprise. Its time to make Chicago the nation’s 51st state
tommy seriouslyPosted at 06:03h, 12 April
Unanimous vote means that it included the handful of repubs, too. Please re-read the article – ask for help with the big words.
1mmf27Posted at 08:12h, 13 April
What? This is a great website by people doing great work. Please don’t turn it into a typical forum where blue/red reflexively bash each other….
tommy seriouslyPosted at 22:34h, 13 April
Sorry, but ignorance gets called out. Too much stupidity gets by these days.
DavePosted at 16:41h, 11 April
No conflict of interest here, move along nothing to see. The Illinois state govt is the enemy
tommy seriouslyPosted at 05:57h, 12 April
Ok, show of hands – since it’s Illinois, who expected anything different? *crickets
FredPosted at 09:06h, 12 April
So sick of this kind of crap going on, there just a big bunch of thieves. One of these days it’s going to come to a head.
RogerPosted at 20:19h, 12 April
Is there no limit to how many jobs an elector or appointee can hire and employ themself for? I think one could run for office or seek appointment as a “job creator”. Just asking for a friend:-)
Wheeling's Deborah WilsonPosted at 20:36h, 13 April
Time to fill out a witness slip