McHenry County Board Members Will Be Asked To Cut Their Benefits

Jim Gudas
January 07, 2020 - 8:05 pm
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Members of the McHenry County Board could lose their health and dental insurance as well as mileage reimbursement for attending county board meetings under a proposal the panel is considering.

Among those in favor of eliminating the benefits is McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks.

Franks on Tuesday said it’s wrong for county board members, who effectively work part-time, to get benefits usually reserved for full-time workers.

If the board votes to strip the benefits, mileage reimbursement would end immediately.

The health and dental benefits would end after the 2022 election, since the Illinois Constitution prohibits decreasing the compensation of elected officials during their current terms.

Franks estimates the county could save more than $300,000 a year. As a full-time official, Franks would continue receiving benefits. 

The McHenry County Board is expected to vote on the proposal at its Jan. 21 meeting.