Evanston aldermen voted Monday to give the new City Council to be elected next April a 23.1 percent pay hike and also voted to boost the pay of the city clerk by $10,000 a year.

A four-member Compensation Committee appointed by the mayor had recommended the big percentage increase for aldermen, but had called for limiting the city clerk’s pay hike to the annual increase given non-union city employees over the next four years.

City Clerk Rodney Greene complained about the modest size of the increase the committee recommended for him, but focused most of his attention in a presentation to the council Monday on an argument that elected officials aren’t employees and that the committee had erred in comparing him to one.

Greene, the only full-time elected official, now earns $53,265 in salary and receives health benefits totalling $27,113.

Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, proposed the bigger pay hike for the clerk, which was approved unanimously.

The aldermanic pay hike was approved on a 6-3 vote with aldermen Fiske, Miller and Wynne voting no after suggesting the increase was too large.

The part-time aldermen now get $12,990 a year in cash pay and also are eligible for health insurance benefits.

The council had previously approved a 23.1 percent pay hike for the city’s next mayor.

Under state law each City Council is required to set the compensation for the city officials to be chosen by voters at the next election.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Luckily, Evanston’s pensions
    Luckily, Evanston’s pensions are fully funded and the property tax liability is shrinking annually. Plenty of tax payer money to spend freely.

  2. Taxpayers can vote the rascals out

    So Aldermen Wilson, Mark Tendam, Ann Rainey, Eleanor Revelle, Peter Brathwaite and Delores Holmes all voted for this big pay hike. How many of them will get the pay hike after this spring's election? Wouldn't it be nice if you could vote to give yourself  a huge pay raise? Guess who pays for it. Happy paying your rising property taxes?

    I sure hope voters, especially property taxpayers, remember this next spring's election. 

    I say vote out all the incumbents. 


    1. Aldermen should have term limits

      Aldermen should have Term Limits. We certainly don't want them making dumb-ass mistakes over and over again. They don't need to pay for their mistakes but the tax payers do. They allow building to be built that don't need to provide parking. Pretty soon the current aldermen will probably be charging you to park in front of your own house.

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