A proposal from Ald. Devon Reid (8th) to give each council member an extra $7,200 a year for home office and other costs seemed to die at Wednesday’s Evanston City Council Rules Committee meeting.
The city’s legal staff said the plan appeared to violate state law that requires that salaries for elected officials neither be increased nor decreased during their term of office.
Only Ald. Bobby Burns (5th) voted to introduce the proposal for discussion at the Wednesday committee meeting, and Reid’s effort to have the issue placed on the agenda for the committee’s next meeting failed to win approval.
Alds. Peter Braithwaite (2nd), Jonathan Nieuwsma (4th) and Eleanor Revelle (7th) were joined by Mayor Daniel Biss in voting against taking the issue up at the next meeting.
By that time Reid will have ended his term as Rules Committee chair and Braithwaite will have taken on that role.
Ald. Clare Kelly (1st) did not appear vote on the question and Alds. Melissa Wynne (3rd), Tom Suffredin (6th) and Cicely Fleming (9th) were not present for the vote.
Alders now earn $15,990 in cash compensation a year for their part-time job and also qualify for health insurance benefits that can cost the city as much as $25,000 per council member — depending on the insurance plan the individual alder selects.