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Kankakee County cuts pay for County Board Chairman

As recommended by County Board Chairman Andy Wheeler, the Kankakee County Board finance committee slashed the pay for the board chairman Wednesday.

Wheeler was all for it – having his pay reduced in favor paying for a full-time finance director.

Wheeler says “it’s time to reduce the pay for the County Board Chairman.” Wheeler had suggested such a move before he was chairman. He wanted to free up money to pay for the newly-created finance director position.

Wheeler’s chairman’s pay is slashed $12,000 this year. It’ll be cut more in the next two years.

The finance director’s (Anita Speckman) pay starts at $75,000.

The finance committee (Wed) also suggested pay hikes for other office-holders. The sheriff, treasurer and county clerk will see 2% pay increases. Wheeler said those offices haven’t seen increases in the last few years.

The finance committee suggestions will be forwarded to the full county board.

94.1 WGFA