Council Will Vote on 2% Raise For Aldermen Monday

Members of the city council will vote on ordinances to secure a 2% raise for aldermen, the mayor, the city clerk, township assessor and township supervisor.

Evanston's city council is expected to vote Monday on ordinances that would give aldermen, the mayor, the city clerk and township officials a 2 percent raise every year for the next four years.

A compensation committee, appointed by the mayor, recommended that the city council pass the 2 percent pay raise for all elected officials at a meeting July 25. The enabling legislation appears on the agenda for the city council's regular meeting Monday, Sept. 10, at the .

Currently, aldermen are eligible for a salary of $12,000, plus medical benefits. The ordinances would increase that sum to $12,990 by 2016. The mayor is eligible for a salary of $19,000, plus benefits; hers would increase to $20,566 each by 2016. The city clerk's salary would rise from $50,000 to $54,120 in 2016.

The township supervisor is eligible for a salary of $13,400, which would increase to $14,503 in 2016, while the township assessor's would increase to $8,658 by 2016.

New salaries would go into effect on May 1, 2013, after the next local election.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article had an incorrect salary listed for the township supervisor. We sincerely regret the error.

jkerr September 10, 2012 at 02:14 AM
The article does not explain why the compensation committee recommended the pay rise. Is this a cost-of-living increase?
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 02:47 AM
John, we'll find out why the compensation committee recommended a pay raise at tomorrow's meeting and include that in a follow-up story.
Jim September 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Gee, I wonder how the vote will go!!!!!!! Oh well, it isn't like a business where the customers might not but if the cost goes up. It's just taxpayer money and there is an endless supply of that. Right? I'll bet there are plenty of folks who would happily do those jobs for nothing. Can I "vote" myself a raise?
Tim Pareti September 10, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I served on the compensation committee. I argued for a pay cut but could not convince others on the committee to agree. The City Council four years ago gave themselves a 20 percent pay increase but the 2008 compensation committee only recommended a 5 percent pay increase for each of the next four years. I didn't think that was right and argued for a pay cut to recoup the difference from the 20 percent raise and the 2008 compensation committee's recommendation. A few others said my pay cut proposal was punitive. We all did vote for elected officials to pay into their healthcare benefits at the same percentage as full-time city employees. Bill Smith of Evanstonnow later informed the committee that elected officials pay the same amount so our vote on that matter wasn't necessary. Everyone on the committee agrees that we were not given enough time and some of the data provided to the compensation committee was incorrect. I still think the aldermen should get a pay cut to share in the pain. Tim Pareti
lucas September 11, 2012 at 01:01 PM
The Alderman approved of the pay increase. Some complained that it wasn't enough since they have to do so much work.


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