Amid controversy, political township couple banks nearly $100K in pension benefits

By Joe Kaiser
08/17/2018
Voted out of office in 2017 amid allegations of patronage and waste, Algonquin Township’s former highway commissioner has since found work at neighboring townships – while collecting a handsome pension from his former employer.

TAGS: Algonquin Township, Bob Miller, consolidation, IMRF: Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, local government consolidation, McHenry County, municipal pensions, pensions, property taxes

Nepotistic hires highlight township government waste

By Joe Kaiser
06/18/2018
Two McHenry County highway commissioners hired each other’s sons to township government positions in 2017. Despite concerns of nepotism, these practices are not uncommon in township government.

TAGS: Algonquin Township, Andrew Rosencrans, Bob Miller, consolidation, corruption, David McSweeney, Jim Condon, Leda Drain, local government consolidation, McHenry County, Mike Lesperance, municipal pensions, nepotism, patronage, pensions

Belleville school districts are ripe for consolidation

By Vincent Caruso
06/01/2018
Illinois has more units of local government than any other state in the country, many of which are duplicative and overlapping. In Belleville, where the majority of the city’s school districts cover fewer students than the state average, consolidation efforts could boost efficiency while saving taxpayer dollars.

TAGS: Belleville, Belleville School District 118, Belleville Township School District 201, consolidation, salaries, school district consolidation, St. Clair County, teacher salaries