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Five percent raises on track to County Board consideration

GENEVA – A subject that once sparked discussion at Kane County Board committee meetings has, in recent weeks, been moved up the chain of approval with little debate.

In a 4-1 vote, the Finance/Budget Committee this week moved a set of 5 percent raises proposed for four directors to Wednesday's Executive Committee meeting.

Doug Scheflow, R-Elgin, voted no.

Committee members said little about the raises, which are the last of nine to go through the committee approval process.

Since February, County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen has repeatedly presented information about the salary increases, which are intended to help bring the directors' salaries closer to the region's average, he has said.

He has said the intent is to protect talent and reward achievement.

While discussion about the raises has dwindled at recent meetings, the topic generated much consideration when Lauzen first introduced the concept. The Finance/Budget Committee, for example, spent an hour in closed session about the topic last month.

The County Board was expected to discuss the first five compensation adjustments during its March meeting, but Lauzen postponed the item to April. With that delay, he has said, the board then could talk about those increases and the four that still needed to go through the committee process in one discussion.

The Executive Committee is expected Wednesday to set the April 8 County Board agenda. The preliminary draft includes the nine proposed raises.

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