State’s attorney: ‘Significant progress’ in assistant prosecutors’ salaries

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said his office has made “significant progress” in making his assistant prosecutors’ salaries more competitive.

But, he told reporters Tuesday during his monthly media meeting, “We haven’t closed the gap entirely.”

The starting salary for assistant state’s attorneys last year increased from about $40,000 to $50,000, McMahon said.

He said he expects it will be between $50,000 and $55,000 this year.

McMahon said it is important for Kane County to offer competitive salaries that allow assistant state’s attorneys to repay their loans and cover their living expenses while they pursue a job they are passionate about.

He wouldn’t want to lose an employee solely because of money, he said.

Also Tuesday, McMahon shared highlights from his office’s annual report, which included the number of calls to the felony hotline.

In 2013, the felony hotline received 2,446 calls for review, which was down from 2,781 calls in 2012 and 2,839 calls in 2011.

The bulk of the calls – about 75 percent – came from five agencies: the Aurora Police Department (815), the Elgin Police Department (531), the Kane County Sheriff’s Office (178), the Carpentersville Police Department (168) and the St. Charles Police Department (143), according to the report.

McMahon also announced that the Election Complaint Line, 630-208-5328, will be available from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 18 for the primary election.

The hotline should be used to report illegal election activity, such as electioneering, illegally placed campaign signs and denial of voting rights at any of the county’s 228 voting precincts.

It should not be used for election questions, such as polling times and locations. That information is available through the Kane County Clerk’s Election Help Line at 630-232-5990.

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Jan Schlictmann at a Geneva law firm.

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