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April 19, 2024

Thornton Township’s Newest Self-Serving, Unlawful Compensation Ordinance; Assuring Reelection Of Incumbents –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On December 19, 2023

Thorton Twp., Ill. (ECWd) –

Thornton Township and its dishonorable Supervisor, Tiffany Henyard, recently passed another patently offensive, unlawful, and self-serving compensation setting ordinance for its elected officials.  The Local Government Officer Compensation Act is clear. The compensation setting is tied to the Office, not to a person.

The Thornton Township Trustees who voted to approve this should hang their heads in shame.

We wrote about the previous compensation ordinance violating state law 18 months ago and urged any resident to challenge it in court (here). We wrote about the township’s passing of unlawful additional compensation during their terms of office (here). We also spoke on this subject during the township’s Sep 17, 2022, public meeting – watch it below.

“If you dare challenge us and run for office, we will screw you over”

Now comes double-dipping Supervisor Tiffany Henyard and the Township Board of Trustees who doubled down on their unlawful elected official compensation setting ordinance last month, and we again ask township residents to find a good attorney to challenge this ordinance in court as it cannot stand as passed.

This ordinance is purely self-serving and will virtually ensure no one else runs for any township office in Thorton Township, keeping the current officeholders in power with their current bloated salaries and benefits. We say this because very few people are willing to serve their community let alone serve in the largest Township in Illinois for so little compensation.  Maybe some good folks will step up and serve for the right reasons and prove our assumption on this point wrong.

A newly elected Township Supervisor will receive $25K annually, however, Henyard, if reelected, will continue to receive more than $260K, which includes more than $59K for “expenses,” plus outrageous travel expense reimbursements (between $250 and $600 per day) and insurance for as long as she retains her office.

A newly elected Trustee will receive $5K annually, however, any currently serving trustee will continue to receive “up to” $42K plus expenses and outrageous travel reimbursements for as long as they remain in office.

A newly elected Road Commissioner will receive $12K annually, however, the currently serving road commissioner will continue to receive his “up to” $60K for as long as he retains his office.

A newly elected Clerk and Assessor will receive $12K, while currently serving Clerk and Assessor will continue to receive their “up to” $59K and $101K, respectively, for as long as they retain their offices.

We would have loved to have written about how this township slashed its elected official’s salaries by 80%, but unfortunately, this ordinance is nothing but a “screw you” to anyone attempting to challenge incumbents of a Thornton Township public office.

2023 Comp Ord

 

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5 Comments
  • Dave
    Posted at 12:38h, 19 December

    If it looks like, smells like, sounds like organized crime, it probably is.

  • Mark
    Posted at 13:55h, 19 December

    There’s nothing like political corruption AND incompetence mixed together and served to taxpayers. Say what you want about the late Frank Z., (the previous Township Supervisor), but he kept a pretty dang good job about how money was spent; he even rebated some tax money back to residents in multiple years.. Henyard will eventually be outed after a Federal investigation, but the damage to both Dolton and the Township will wreck both in the process.

  • nmwtlstfdb
    Posted at 18:37h, 19 December

    Illinois township government needs to be abolished. Nobody is willing to step up, go to the meetings and ride herd on these entities every month. What we see here on the Watchdog site is, I’m sure, just the tip of the iceburg.

  • Bob Anderson
    Posted at 09:51h, 21 December

    This is (The Township Way). Nothing new here except Supervisor Henyard does (The Township Way) in the public. I have worked for township elimination for 30 years. Also, a former McHenry Township Trustee. I know (The Township Way) from both inside and outside. Township Officials of Illinois and its 11,500 township official members are General Assembly bullies.
    A township supervisor can also be a state senator or representative double-dipper!!! Shame on the General Assembly members for supporting (The Township Way) for votes to keep them in office. Township government is a Political-Tar-Pit of Corruption, Nepotism, Cronyism, Patronage and Waste! Township elimination should be a priority of the General Assembly!

  • SNOWMAN61
    Posted at 12:18h, 28 December

    I have seen some follow up stories from the local Chicago media about this issue and other hi jinks about Ms. Hayward. I can not believe the stuff she is getting away with and so open about it. I’m a little confused about this ordinance and wanted to know if this ordinance is actual legal?

    I glad you guys are around as we are slowly losing our local media people that use to report and cover these types of stories. We can not let up and we the people must question our elective people because sometimes there are not other people to do it for us anymore. Thank you

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