In a (not so) surprise move last night during a special Avon Township Board Meeting, Supervisor candidate, Avon Township Clerk Lisa Rusch, became the new Avon Township Supervisor.
Sam Yingling, who was elected to be the District 62 Illinois State Representative, resigned effective December 31st. At the meeting Trustee Mark Feldstein moved to appoint Lisa Rusch Supervisor and Trustee Randy Evangilides seconded. After much discussion and with the vote two in favor and two against, Clerk Rusch broke the tie in her favor. By voting herself into the position, she raised her salary from $24,000 a year to approximately $72,000 (equivalent to $18,000 for the three months before the April 9th election results).
With both Feldstein and Evangilides running alongside her on the “Avon Action” slate, this would appear to be a conflict of interest not to mention that voting for yourself in a way that benefits you financially is also considered a conflict. This sure has the smell of good old Chicago style politics reaching out into Lake County. I wasn’t aware that the clerk actually had a vote in the first place unless it was to replace a Board member. What are your thoughts?
Editors Note: After the 2013 elections the Supervisor and Highway Commissioner will receive the following “reduced” annual salary:
2014 = $59,170
2015 = $57,394
2016 = $55,673