Kirchenberg Pledges to Slash Forest Preserve Commissioner's Salary by 50%

Kirchenberg, Forest Preserve District 2 Candidate, wants to cut spending at the Forest Preserve starting with cutting the pay, benefits and pensions of the part-time elected commissioners.

Don Kirchenberg, District 2 candidate for DuPage County Forest Preserve wants to slash commissioners compensation. Kirchenberg is challenging incumbant Commissioner Joe Cantore who is seeking his third term.

DuPage Forest Preserve Commissioners are currently paid $53,500/yr, plus health insurance, pension and cell phone. Last year, Cantore's compensation for the part-time postition included a salary of $56,912/yr, plus $13,949 in health insurance premiums paid by the District for a total compensation of $70,861/yr. In addition, commissioners recieve a taxpayer provided cell phone. Cantore also participates in the IMRF pension plan which makes him eligible to collect a pension of up to 80% of his salary.

Kirchenberg is advocting to slash the commissioners salary to $25,000.

"It's way too much money. Voter I talk to are upset about these salaries. If elected, I will NOT take a pension and I will work to reduce benefits for part-time commissioners." Kirchenberg stated.

Forest Preserve commissioners reduced their pay, but not their benefits, last year. Forest Preserve commissioner salaries were reduced from $57,000/yr to $53,500/yr which exceeds the $50,000 salary of elected DuPage Board Members.

All other surrounding Forest Preserve Commissioners (Kane, Will, Lake, McHenry, Cook Counties) receive $0 to $3000 per year, or a $30 per diem per meeting.

Kirchenberg charges that the current Board of Commissioners at the DuPage Forest Preserve are more interested in maintaining their own salaries and benefits than studying the issues and protecting taxpayers interests.

"The current commissioners vote as a block with little to no open discussion. They want their high salaries and benefits, so they don't challenge the status quo."

It's time for CHANGE at the Forest Preserve.

Learn more about Don Kirchenberg for DuPage County Forest Preserve here:




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Ray November 01, 2012 at 07:15 PM
$53K AND a pension for serving a term in a part-time position is outrageous. What this guy says makes sense. Cut it to $25K, drop the pension and let them keep the free cell phone! With the insurance, that's still very generous - I'd expect a job well-done for that.
Michael Rawson November 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Does anyone honestly think that the salaries or benefits will be cut, even if Don Kirchenberg is elected? Do we even need a forest preserve district as a separate governing body from the county government itself?
Ray November 01, 2012 at 08:03 PM
We do need it as a separate body - some of the goals are diffferent from a general county board, and it's worth having someone at least seriously bring it up and pursue it. And if not successful the first time, try a year later. Eventually maybe a few more people are elected who feel the same way,...?
bob gramm November 06, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Vote for Kirchenberg. He will try to be a leader among the career politicians.
Michael Rawson November 06, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Let's see if he donates half of his salary to charity after he is elected.


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