Want a voice in setting aldermanic pay?
Citizens who want to have a voice in what Evanston elected officials make for the next four years should get their applications in to the mayor's office real soon now.
The City Council's Rules Committee is scheduled tonight to authorize establishment of a compensation committee -- a group that makes recommendations on what aldermen and other elected officials should make.
The last time the city went through this drill, the compensation committee recommended graduated raises spread over four years for the aldermen, but the aldermen voted to take the whole 20 percent pay hike right from the start.
The committee is scheduled to report its recommendations by July 23, and the aldermen will vote on the new pay schedule no later than Oct. 8.
Under state law the aldermen can't raise their compensation during their term of office, but they can vote to boost pay for whoever holds the position after the next election.
Last time around four of the aldermen who voted for the pay hike were returned to the council by the voters and a fifth moved up from alderman to mayor.
Aldermen, who made $10,000 before the last election now make $12,000 for their part-time job and also qualify for city-paid health insurance at an additional cost of over $10,000 per official per year.
The pay for the mayor was raised from $17,000 to $19,000; for the township supervisor from $11,500 to $13,400 and for the township assessor from $6,000 to $8,000,
The smallest increase went to the only full-time elected official, the city clerk, whose pay was increased from $49,000 to $50,000.