Sam Yingling Proposes 30% Cut to Elected Official Salary

This is the largest elected official salary reduction in Lake County and possibly the largest in the State of Illinois.

This evening at its monthly board meeting, Avon Township Supervisor Sam Yingling will introduce a resolution to reduce the salaries of all Township elected officials by approximately 30%.  He will also propose a measure that will require elected officials to contribute a portion of their health benefits.  Currently, taxpayers pick up the tab for the full cost of health benefits. 



If adopted, this will be the single largest reduction in compensation to elected officials in Lake County, possibly the State of Illinois.


“I never intended to run for public office,“ said Yingling, “but when I saw the previous administration approve egregious pay hikes for elected officials, I had to take action.”


Illinois law prevents townships from changing salaries during a current administration.  Yingling believes Illinois’ Property Tax and Township Codes are in desperate need of an overhaul.  He has become a vocal advocate for reform to the codes.  “Illinois has more layers of government than any other state.   The current law promotes inefficiencies, often favoring elected officials at the expense of taxpayers.” 


Cutting waste and creating greater efficiency in government are among the main reasons Yingling is running against Sandy Cole for State Representative in the new 62nd District:


“Taxpayers have had enough.  I’ve had enough.  Cole has consistently voted against reform.  She simply doesn’t get it.  Just last month she voted against modifying her own taxpayer funded pension.  Her reason: It was political.  We need to send a message to Cole and every other elected official that we expect them to save taxpayer money at every opportunity.  Taxpayers are sick and tired of self-serving politicians like Cole placing blame on others and seeking to protect their own pocketbooks. Voters want action now! “


Since Yingling took the reigns as Avon Township Supervisor, he has voluntarily returned the pay raises put in place by the previous administration.  He has also cut the Township’s tax levies by 22%, cut spending by about the same amount, while increasing services – including a program giving property tax assistance to seniors and veterans.






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Katherine September 12, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Sam has been consistent in his views regarding public service and being responsible to his constituents. He will make a great Congressperson. I can't wait until he is sworn in. Thanks, Sam, for all you have already done as Avon Township Supervisor.
Mary September 12, 2012 at 01:27 AM
I applaud the elected officials taking steps to reduce taxes. My question is 'appointed' city officials. Our Village Manager is the highest paid in the state - including benefits/perks; higher than Naperville and Rockford. There are also several Assistant Village Managers in the same office - for a town of a little over 20,000. Something needs to be done to 'rein' this gross over compensation in.
Angela Sykora September 12, 2012 at 02:15 AM
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Mike soltwish November 02, 2012 at 06:03 PM
You musty be talking about grayslake.....i'm not sure how true all this is but this guy Ellis has cut a sweet deal for himself. I've recently moved here and these are the highest taxes I've ever paid by 30 to 40%. My house is not worth anywhere near what these taxes would seem to warrant. In the private sector we have all been abused in recent years with cuts to salaries, layoffs, cuts to benefits, 401k's matches being omitted, don't even take a pen home or you'll get canned....meanwhile expenses have gone up for everything but housing. If this guy Ellis is so great that he can run the local Govt. more efficiently and omit all the fluff then pay him his 400k....but I'm betting there's a guy with similar abilities that will work for less than half.......
Softball Jim November 02, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Anyone know what thier pay is? Yes this sounds like a big deal, however, do we know the true numbers? Is it 30% of $5000.00 or 30% of 100,000.00? Give us the true numbers. I think it makes a difference when you talk about actual numbers. As for Grayslake's taxes, again, the only thing you can blame the Village of Grayslake on is 5% of your taxes, and the lack of buisness on the west side of town, the majority falls to your schools. All said and done, the Village is debt free and is effectly run.


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