Activate Your Free
Articles filed under Griffin, Jake
School conference already costing some taxpayers more Oct 2, 2013 5:17 AM
Grayslake Elementary District 46 taxpayers have already spent $2,300 more for the annual school board and administrators conference in downtown Chicago than they did last year. And that's just the registration costs and hotel deposits for the Nov. 22-24 conference. Eight suburban districts have already spent more on the conference than they did last year. So far, 62 suburban districts have registered 532 school board members, administrators and employees at a cost of $307,647.
What 167 state appointees cost taxpayers: $6.9 million Sep 18, 2013 10:56 AM
Taxpayers spent nearly $6.9 million last year to cover the salaries and expenses of 167 appointed members of 23 state boards and commissions. And because the state is on the verge of creating another salaried board to handle concealed weapon permit appeals, the cost is going to grow by more than $260,000 next year.
How IDOT truck escaped red-light ticket Aug 28, 2013 4:51 PM
Hanover Park police have only dismissed one red light camera ticket in two years. That ticket was issued to the driver of an Illinois Department of Transportation truck but cancelled after an IDOT worker sent police a note on agency letterhead saying the truck was on state business at the time. Now, IDOT and others are investigating. “To me, it's highly unusual,” Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig said.
Registration fees on top of taxes? Schools vary in suburbs Aug 22, 2013 5:44 PM
Registration fees at public school districts can costs parents hundreds of dollars on top of the property tax revenue they're already paying. They run the gamut from $28 for Glen Ellyn first-graders to $435 for Maine Twp. high school students. “Then there are fees for band and sports. They pass everything on to parents,” Susie Johannesen said of Cary Elementary District 26.
Some suburbs keep more money in reserve than needed Aug 7, 2013 5:51 AM
The majority of suburban municipalities are carrying more in reserves than necessary based on budget recommendations of the Government Finance Officials Association. Some, like Hainesville, Inverness and Green Oaks, keep more than a year or two in expenses. “I do think (the village's reserve fund) is too high,” Hainesville Mayor Linda Soto said.
Why will our police pension boards be in Wisconsin? Jul 31, 2013 10:18 AM
Readers's tips and suggestions have the Suburban Tax Watchdog looking into Illinois pension fund board members attending a conference in Lake Geneva, property tax battles in Lake County, and Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas' online warehouse of government agencies' financial data.
Municipal administrators are getting big raises Jul 24, 2013 5:17 AM
After years of pay freezes, most suburban municipal administrators are receiving raises this year, according to an analysis of 74 suburbs in six counties. In fact, 55 suburban administrators are averaging a 3.7 percent average pay hike, with Huntley's village manager getting a $10,018 raise, Aurora's getting $10,586 and Prospect Heights' getting $10,000.
Where is your town hiding its salary report? Jul 8, 2013 4:22 PM
Of all the information available on a municipality's website, salary details for most department heads should be one of the easiest things to find. After all, a state law dictates that current compensation records for highly paid employees “must” be posted online. So why are the reports so hard to find? “There was an absence of guidance in that regard from the legislature,” said Ray Keller, Gilberts village administrator.
Why $25,000 in food on Batavia school charge cards? Jun 19, 2013 4:03 PM
Batavia Unit District 101 purchase cards were used by employees 253 times last year to buy almost $25,000 worth of food and other goods totaling more than $1 million. District officials signed off on all the purchases and contend checks and balances are in place to make sure use of the 97 cards is justified, but one taxpayer disagrees. “They're not really being good stewards of the taxpayers' dollars,” Carl Dinwiddie says.
How you could swim in filth at suburban beaches Jun 12, 2013 7:58 AM
Due to a lag in the time it takes the state to test water samples, beachgoers may be frolicking in filth. Illinois Department of Public Health officials said it can take as much as two days for test results on water samples with dangerously high bacteria levels to be discovered. “That's one of the flaws in the system,” said Melaney Arnold, IDPH spokeswoman.
Union teacher conference costs some taxpayers twice Jun 5, 2013 5:17 AM
Taxpayers in 57 suburban school districts spent more than $200,000 on the salaries of 276 teachers and other employees for days spent attending a union conference in April. In some of those school districts, taxpayers picked up the cost of substitutes, as well, while in others the union covered those costs.
How a retired teacher's pension adds up to $400,000 May 29, 2013 5:27 AM
A provision so obscure it caught several of Illinois' top legislative pension experts by surprise allows survivors of some former public employees to take over their deceased spouses' pensions as well as receive survivor benefits. “It sounds preposterous,” said state Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat. “I don't know how you get that and a survivor's annuity. This is the first I've heard about this.”
Appeals for public information spike 22 percent May 16, 2013 7:56 AM
Illinois residents have the benefit of new laws aimed at opening up more government records — and when they don't get the information they want, they're raising a stink about it. Appeals to the Illinois attorney general's office for denied Freedom of Information Act requests jumped 22 percent last year. Most of those came from members of the public.
Unused state police time off cost taxpayers $7.7 million May 8, 2013 5:24 AM
Taxpayers spent more than $7.7 million to cover unused time off for 134 former Illinois State Police troopers who retired between 2006 and 2012. Money paid for unused sick time and vacation time made up the bulk of that total, along with funds for personal, compensatory and holiday time that went unused.
Illinois nets almost $6 billion more in taxes in 2012 Apr 24, 2013 5:14 PM
Nearly $6 billion more taxes and fees were collected by Illinois in 2012 than the year before. That's the greatest increase of any state in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's annual State Government Tax Collections report that was released a few days ago. The increase from $30.6 billion to $36.4 billion represents a 19.1 percent spike in the state's total tax haul.
Does it matter if districts cover teacher contributions? Apr 17, 2013 2:32 PM
Illinois teachers are supposed to put 9.4 percent of their salaries toward their pensions. Yet teachers in at least 27 suburban school districts have some or all of their retirement contributions paid on their behalf by the district. But it's not as nefarious as it sounds. Those districts are among about 600 school districts or education cooperatives across the state that provide a similar benefit, according to an annual salary study by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Uncontested races likely mean status quo on local taxes Apr 3, 2013 5:13 AM
A lack of ballot competition in Tuesday's election means many homeowners aren't likely to see much in the way of policy change when it comes to property taxes. While voters will make key choices in some local races, more than 60 percent of the 2,100-plus races that will be decided in suburban Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties are uncontested
Taxpayers' pension fund contributions up 172% in 10 years Mar 13, 2013 9:17 AM
Pension obligations for local government employees cost Illinois taxpayers $500 million more than it did 10 years ago. The state's 3,000-plus municipalities, counties, libraries, park districts, townships and other local agencies that pay into the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund spent $800,804,253 in 2011 to cover retirement benefits for 175,844 employees. That's up 172 percent.
Pensions top $100,000 for 42% of District 211 retired educators Mar 6, 2013 10:57 AM
In Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211, 42.5 percent of retired educators receive pensions of more than $100,000 a year, according to state retirement system data. Other suburban schools, including Stevenson High School District 125, Leyden High School District 212 and Fenton High School District 100, aren't far behind. Across the suburbs, 7 percent of retired public school educators get six-figure pensions, compared to less than 1 percent downstate.
School conference hotels, food, travel cost taxpayers $277,086 Feb 13, 2013 1:41 PM
Come for the conference, stay for the hotel room, $57 steak dinner, valet parking and laundry service. Those are just some of the extra costs taxpayers in 89 suburban school districts covered for board members and administrators who attended a November conference in Chicago. The districts racked up $277,086.17 in hotel, food, travel and incidental costs over the weekend-long conference.
SOSEScript: generic_rss failed executing with the following error:
Error on line 101 position 3: Object required: 'rssXML'
- Robin Williams found dead in his home
- Glenbard parents upset with athlete suspensions
- Latest auto racing tragedy impossible to comprehend
- Images: Supermoon around the world
- Crystal Lake man killed in crash
- North Suburban Conference to undergo changes
- Cubs front office steps on the accelerator
- Manufacturer breaks secrecy about Naperville plans
- Arlington Heights family preserves story of Eastland
- Water main break in Arlington Hts.
- Glenbard parents upset with athlete suspensions
- Mount Prospect settles with Ye Olde Town Inn for $6.5 million
- Barrington Hills teen gets 90 days for fatal DUI crash
- Parents pack Glenbard meeting over athlete suspensions
- Does church 'right' include Crusades?
- The day Robin Williams saved Superman's life
- Famous fans, colleagues tweet Robin Williams farewell messages
- Elgin man charged with insurance fraud
- St. Charles school board narrowly OKs property tax hike
- Arlington Hts. family preserves story of Eastland disaster
- DENTAL FRONT DESK ADMINISTRATOR - Experienced Dental Office Front Desk Administrator. FULL TIME. Ability to Multitask, Professional and Energetic, Eaglesoft Experience a plus! Knowledge of insurance claim submission, Excellent verbal and written communication skills If you enjoy working in a busy office that stresses teamwork, please email your resume. firstname.lastname@example.org (id:4381576) POWER UNIT BUILDER - Hydraulic lift manufacturer in St. Charles, Illinois has an immediate full time opening for a panel-power unit builder candidate must have extensive electrical, electronic and hydraulic experience to layout and build control panels and power units from Cad drawings, electrical schematics and hydraulic drawings. "EEO-M-F-D-V'. Send resume to fax# (630) 584-9895 Email:email@example.com (id:4382206) REAL ESTATE - Part Time consultant to provide area tours and settling in services to families new to Chicago area. Must have broad knowledge of Chicago's no suburbs. Prior real estate experience a plus. Strong communication skills req. Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. (id:4382648)
- SALES CONSULTANTS - Established distributor of professional beauty products seeking full time sales consultants to promote various product lines to salons and spa's. Expectations include: opening accounts, growing accounts, and territory, selling products and classes to salons and spas. Applicants must have a reliable automobile, be enthusiastic, have neat appearance. Training supplied-leads supplied. Call -email:John K. 847-843-7461, email@example.com (id:4380473) RESTAURANT - Restaurant -seeks Asst Mgr/ Server. Nights and weekends. Exp. nec. Mundelein area. Call Peter after 4P Tues-Sat. 847-566-1090 (id:4382444) LEGAL SECRETARY - Busy St Charles law firm seeks part-time Legal Secretary-Paralegal with a minimum of 2 years experience in family law. Must have the ability to draft and compose correspondence, pleadings and discovery documents, be comfortable working in a fast paced environment and have the ability to multi-task. Please respond with cover letter and resume for consideration. Only candidates with family law experience will be considered. Salary based on experience. please email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 630-443-6204 (id:4381399)
- RESIDENCE HALL CUSTODIAN - Residence Hall Custodian Full-Time, Days Positon Summary: Under direct supervision, performs custodial work required for the cleaning and upkeep of buildings in accordance with the aforementioned purpose of the Night Custodial Department. Essential Functions: Performs all custodial duties as assigned in large areas, including trash collection and removal. Sweeps, dust mops, wet mops and scrubs floors, vacuums, shampoos carpets and dusts furniture, cleans windows, glass and mirrors. Possesses ability to fill, carry and lift 5 gallon 40 lb. buckets. Uses equipment including but it not limited to industrial type floor scrubbers, floor strippers, buffers and attachments, wet and dry vacuum cleaners and rug shampooing machines and attachments. Washes and/or cleans interior wall spaces and ceilings working on ladders and scaffolding, as required. Moves commercial size furniture, such as sofas, dressers, students desks, beds and mattresses as directed. Equipment used includes but is not limited to dollies and hand trucks. Cleans and services lavatories, toilet rooms and rest rooms following standard procedures. Maintains adequate stock of custodial supplies in assigned custodial closets. Maintains custodial equipment in good condition and report any needed repairs of equipment or building with written work order. Shovels snow and de-ice steps and walks at building entrances and connecting walkways. Provide own clothing for outdoor work in inclement weather. Equipment used includes but is not limited to shovels and snow blowers. Replaces burned out light bulbs and fluorescent lights. Must demonstrate proper use of ladder and ability to function in somewhat awkward positions and confined spaces. Equipment used includes but is not limited to A-frame ladders. Learns and follows College work procedures relating to duties, particularly as it relates to use of equipment and chemicals. Learn and follow the safety rules and regulations of the College. Prepares set-ups and take-downs for special events as directed, i.e. moving tables, chairs, video equipment, etc. Reads MSD sheets in case of emergency and follow procedures on MSD sheets. Reports items that require repair in buildings and to equipment. Other Duties and Responsibilities: Performs other duties as assigned. Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: Employee is subject to both indoor and outdoor environmental conditions (temperatures varying from below 32 degrees to over 90 degrees) for periods of over one hour, subject to hazards such as proximity to moving parts, electrical current, etc., and involves heavy work exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly in order to move objects. Must be able to climb stairs and ladders and lift 50 pounds. Must be able to be fitted with and wear a respirator. Must be willing to work overtime, including weekends, as required. Minimum Qualifications: Willingness to work overtime as needed, including weekends. Willingness to take a leadership role with other custodians or student workers when directed. Ability to work well with students, faculty, staff and the general public. Ability to perform actions of climbing stairs and ladders. Ability to lift 50 lbs. Valid driver's license. Ability to pass a criminal background screening process. Ability to prioritize and organize tasks. Professional appearance. Apply online at: https://elmhurst.simplehire.com Elmhurst College is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. (id:4379990) CUSTOMER SERVICE - Customer Service -Dynamic co. expanding, seeks individ- uals with good people skills for client srvcs, mktg/sales & assessors. Pd training, 40k-80k 1st yr income. Ph 847-462-0990 (id:4382251) DRIVERS CDL AWITH HAZ-MAT - Trucking company located in West Chicago,IL looking for CDL-A drivers with hazmat endorsement. OTR -regional positions. $0.47 -mile up to $0.55 -mile. Stop pay, waiting time pay, vacation pay. Performance bonus program. 2 years experience and clean MVR a must. If you are looking for $70,000 to $80,000 -year, with a well-established company, call 630-293-8910!!! (id:4382652)
Connect with a business or service in your area fast. First select a town, then enter a search term or choose one of the listed popular searches:
Don't see your town listed? Visit our full directory to begin your search.