McLean County, Illinois

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McLean County is one of 102 counties in Illinois. The county has a population of 167,699.[1]

Website evaluation

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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts P
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Lobbying N
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Public records Y
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Local taxes Y
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The good

  • 2011 recommended budget is posted on the homepage.[2]
  • Board meeting minutes and agendas are available, along with MP3 audio files of the meetings.[3]
  • Board members are listed with individual contact information.[4]
  • Financial report is available.[2]
  • Information on how to make a public records request is provided on the site.[5]
  • Building and zoning information is available.[6]
  • Local tax information is provided on the treasurer's page.[7][8]
  • Appointed officials are listed with contact information.[9]
  • Bids are posted.[10]

The bad

Lobbying

Main article: Lobbying in McLean County, Illinois

McLean County has spent at least $97,209 since 2004 on government sector lobbying.

McLean County's lobbying consists of one contract with lobbyist Anderson Legislative Consulting. It belongs to two government sector lobbying associations, including Metro Counties of Illinois.

For more on McLean County lobbying, see the main article.

Lobbying since 2004
$ lobbying total $ Illinois $ federal government $ lobbying groups # lobbying contracts # lobbying groups
$97,209.00 $37,500.00 - $49,523.00 1 2

Salaries

The McLean County website does not include salary information for county employees or elected officials. The website does not include information about the number of employees on the county payroll.

Pensions

Main article: Illinois public pensions

McLean County participates in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. In 2008 the county finance committee began offering early retirement incentives for county employees. The incentives were offered in hopes of the county saving millions of dollar in the long term through salary savings from employees earning top tier salaries. According to Finance Committee minutes in May 2008, the county was at 106 percent funding of its pension plan. However, the minutes do not include a dollar amount for that funding. There are no current figures available for McLean County's pension liability. Any funding of pension liability above 80 percent is considered responsible by economists.[11][12][13]

Illinois is facing a crisis with its publicly funded pensions. In 2010, state government was responsible for over $130 billion in pension payments; however, the state had only $46 billion set aside, leaving an unfunded liability of about $85 billion. Finding a way to fund that $85 billion was to be the focus of the 2011 session of the Illinois General Assembly. The Pew Center for the States reported that as of 2008, Illinois was one of the worst states at contributing to its pension. State lawmakers were expected to consider selling $4 billion worth of bonds to pay the state's annual payment on the five pension programs it runs. In April 2010, the state legislature created a two-tier system for all municipal and state employees—including teachers and state lawmakers—hired after Jan 1, 2011. Police and fire were included in an earlier draft but removed shortly before the vote. For the others, retirement was raised to 67.[14][15][16][17]

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