Another vote on Iroquois County Board redistricting is expected after last month's (June) apparently didn’t make into a committee-suggested ordinance, so changes were made and the Board (Tuesday) voted a measure down. Board Chairman John Shure explains…..several motions last month were never put to a motion. So, now the Board has an extension to allow for more discussion and then a new vote.
Governor J.B. Pritizker recently signed SB 825 extending the deadline to vote on redistricting. The COVID-19 issues has delayed U.S. Census counts, so the extended deadline is now is November 17.
Shure was opposed to an increase in the County Board Chairman’s salary, if current conditions don’t change. Shure noted, the Board is obligated to wage increases for AFSCME and FOP employees. He doesn’t think it’s right for the Chairman to have a pay hike when other expenses loom for FY 2023. ….
Shure further explained, one of the proposals made was a per diem increase for the Vice-Chairman and Chairman. The consideration to meet that pay hike was to reduce the number of board members from 20 to 16. Many members resisted any reduction of total numbers. The Board was unanimous in not increasing any cost to the county. The mindset is to only do what we can afford.