BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. – Legislation passed by state Rep. Daniel Didech (D – Buffalo Grove) to increase transparency within county government was recently signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker. House Bill 56, now signed into law as Public Act 102-0048, will ensure that taxpayers are informed about stipends paid to countywide office holders, like Sheriffs, Treasurers, and Clerks. Under this new law, county boards must now include a list of all stipends paid to countywide elected officials in its ordinance setting the compensation for those individuals.
“Current law provides an opportunity for politicians to secretly line their pockets with our tax dollars,” said Didech. “Many counties only publish what they directly pay these elected officials, keeping taxpayers in the dark about their true amount of compensation. This new law will ensure these payments are made in the light of day so every dollar spent on a politician’s compensation package will be available for review by all taxpayers.”
House Bill 56 is a transparency initiative that will inform the public of the total compensation of countywide elected officials. The measure adds to Didech’s list of successful initiatives to increase government transparency and improve accountability throughout Illinois. In addition to HB 56, Didech previously supported Senate Bill 1236, which closed a loophole in state law that allowed some local elected officials to exploit taxpayers for additional compensation, otherwise known as ‘double-dipping’. House Bill 4131 was an initiative also supported by Didech and required lawmakers to be paid only for the days they actually worked if they resign before the end of their term.
“Over the past two and a half years the legislature has several enacted reforms that will increase government transparency and ensure politicians are held to the highest standards,” said Didech. “We must restore the public’s trust in government and I will keep advocating for measures that will improve accountability and stop tax dollars from being wasted.”
Residents who want to share their thoughts or seek assistance with state issues can reach Didech at 847-478-9909 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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