The children they bring with them get educated and those who don’t speak, read and write English fluently cost 20-40% more to educate than fluent English speakers cost. The children they have here also get educated for free and often aren’t fluent English speakers either. Children from low income families, regardless of legal status here, get two free meals every school day plus free books and free language tutoring when necessary.
They benefit from working at our jobs (driving up unemployme
They’re not coming here to help us, they’re coming here to benefit off of us and that’s how it works out. They come illegally in their own self-interests but we’re not allowed to enforce our own laws in our own self-interests. There’s no real meaningful dispute of the facts so you general claims that they’re not eligible for benefits or they pay as much in taxes as everyone else (neither are true) and when we post data regarding total costs then some call us hateful names.”
By Adam Andrzejewski
In 2008, Joliet hired a new City Manager. His starting base salary was $189,000. For 2011, the base salary increased to $196,500 and the City Manager out-earned every governor of the 50 states. In addition to this lucrative salary, $7,500 of taxpayer money goes into a “deferred compensation” retirement plan. The deferred comp plan is in addition to what the taxpayers pay into his pension plan: $28,800 into Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) pension. Contractually, Joliet taxpayers are required to fund lucrative perquisites: $6,000 in estimated annual car allowance; an estimated $4,000 in continuing education, fees and costs to maintain the Managers’ personal law license; and an estimated annual $17,500 of taxpayer funded premium payments for life, health, and dental insurances.
Click here to review our overview of Joliet City Manager 2011 Compensation Analysis. Then the City Manager became a “banker”. When the City Manager was hired in 2008, he negotiated a “vacation bank” and a “sick bank”. His “vacation bank” of 4 weeks is valued at $15,100 and his “sick hours bank” of 1,500 hours is valued at over $141,300. In 2011, the taxpayer liability associated with these two “banks” totaled approximately $156,400. As Donald Trump said, “You’re fired.” Ahh, think again- taxpayers.
A lump sum severance payment for this City Manager could be as high as- $375,900! The City Manager has the “financial insulation” of a friendly severance clause. If terminated for any reason except felony conviction or official mis-conduct or manager ‘abandonment of office’, taxpayers are on the hook for a lump sum payment equal to a full year of base salary and “any other benefits paid by the city’s fringe benefit ordinance”. The lump sum severance liability is calculated as follows: Base salary ($196,500), Insurances ($17,400), Car Allowance ($6,000), Vacation bank ($15,000) and Sick hours bank ($141,000). Despite the incredibly lucrative employment contract terms described above, this City Manager successfully negotiated for even more “dollars”. The City of Joliet agreed to file form IMRF 6.05 and back the manager’s claim that he was owed an additional 9.5 years of extra retirement credits. This would have added 9.5 credit years and $760,000 of credit “earnings” to the calculation of the City Manager’s future pension. Taxpayers would have been on the hook for this new massive lifetime pension liability. Thankfully, the application form 6.05 was rejected by IMRF administrators. But, the City Manager wasn’t finished with his claim. He appealed it to the full IMRF Board of Trustees. The full Board then issued a final rejection saving Illinois taxpayers an incredible amount of money. The City Manager of Joliet is re-defining “public servant”. You serve Him.
Well here is to the Mayoral candidates, If you want to bitch me out for supporting Andy Mihelich then where the hell was you when the call went out by Joliet residents for a news conference about losing Caterpillar..You sat in your nice little offices and “DID NOTHING”..So you have the damn gall to ask me to support you now. I offered everyone the chance to post to my blog now that it is close you want to jump on the band wagon..not now. Don’t post your comments to my email say it here on the blog or facebook. Cuss me at least I would respect you more…?!?
by Andy Mihelich (Joliet, Illinois) –
With the City of Joliet facing a $21 million budget shortfall for the next fiscal year with depleted cash reserves, independent candidate for Mayor Andy Mihelich today said that one of his first acts of business as mayor would be to rescindhealth care coverage for elected members of the Joliet City Council and ask them to waive their public pension benefits. “This is supposed to be public service,” said Mihelich. “It is a part-time job. This is not anyone’s main source of income so why should they be getting full-time benefits like health care?” Mihelich said that proposals to simply eliminate health care coverage as a lifetime benefit for City Council members who serve two terms doesn’t go far enough.
“The burdens placed on Joliet families to finance the status quo in our city impede their success,” said Mihelich. “We need to lessen the burdens on Joliet families and bring the city’s budget into balance. We cannot afford the salaries and benefits we are forcing taxpayers to finance currently. But before we go back to city employees and ask them to ante up, the politicians in this city need to ante up themselves.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2011 Contact: Andy Mihelich@ 815.630.5142 or firstname.lastname@example.org Mihelich’s “Jobs for Joliet Plan”: Job Creation Requires Small Business Formation, Minority Participation (Joliet, Illinois) – Today independent mayoral challenger Andy Mihelich unveiled his “Jobs for Joliet” economic recovery plan. The key components of the Mihelich plan: (1) Partnering with Joliet Junior College’s Small Business Development Center (2) Creating a Joliet Economic Development Commission (3) Job-training for Joliet residents (4) Review of minority contracting to ensure the city is meeting its participation goals for minority-owned and woman-owned businesses The two questions Andy Mihelich invariably gets from Joliet residents as goes door-to-door are: (1) How do we balance the city’s budget? and, (2) How do we bring jobs back to Joliet? Mihelich has spent a lot of time in this campaign talking about the city budget given that the current administration, including his opponents on the City Council, have managed Joliet to the brink of bankruptcy. And while tough decisions will need to be made about the size and expense of city government in the short-term, Mihelich understands that economic growth is the long-term solution. Mihelich has framed his campaign around a simple proposition: As mayor, he will ask a simple question when considering each and every policy proposal, “Will this policy help Joliet families to be successful?” The first thing a family needs to be successful is a job.
Today, Mihelich rolled out his “Jobs for Joliet” plan. The centerpiece of that plan is for the city to aid in the development, launch and support for small businesses. “Every community wants to bring in the big manufacturer or the big retailer, and I do as well,” said Mihelich. “But instead of seeking only home runs, we need to start hitting some singles and doubles. Small businesses are the engines of job growth in our economy and can be in Joliet.” Mihelich noted that of the nearly 1.2 million businesses in Illinois, 88% of them are so-called “microenterprises” with less than five employees. (source: Association for Enterprise Opportunity) Mihelich proposed that, in addition to the city’s Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the City of Joliet work more closely with the Illinois Small Business Development Center located at Joliet Junior College. “We don’t need to reinvent the wheel, we just need to educate our residents about the services and support that is out there to create a culture of entrepreneurship in Joliet,” said Mihelich. “The Small Business Development Center already works in conjunction with federal and state economic development agencies and retired executives to provide a wide range of services that help small businesses get off the ground and support them once their doors are open.” Mihelich said that very few existing businesses much less prospective ones know about the services available. Mihelich proposed ward-by-ward seminars on everything from writing business plans to financing options available. Mihelich also suggested creating an Entrepreneur’s Speakers Series for successful entrepreneurs to mentor those just starting out.
Mihelich said his plan wouldn’t cost the city money as it simply would coordinate resource providers and educate Joliet residents as to the resources available for small businesses and start-ups. Mihelich also proposed creation of a Joliet Economic Development Commission where business, labor, and civic community leaders will be recruited to map out reforms they believe are needed to make Joliet a place that keeps existing businesses and attracts new ones that feature good paying jobs with benefits for Joliet families. “It is important to gather the input of leaders in a variety of sector and fields of endeavor to make sure we don’t miss anything when it comes to the reforms needed to make Joliet a destination for business,” said Mihelich. Mihelich said his first charge to the newly minted city-specific commission will be; (1) to ensure Joliet is getting a good return on its investment with the Will County Center for Economic Development; and (2) To aid in the transformation of downtown Joliet, including its street layout, to better embody a 21st century city. Mihelich also believes it is important for the mayor to be an ambassador for the city. Mihelich will personally visit existing Joliet businesses to gain an understanding of the specific challenges they face and how the city can help. He will also serve as the city’s lead recruiter for new businesses to make sure the interests of every neighborhood and every family is represented at the table as it pertains to new economic opportunities. Mihelich will also make job-training a priority to ensure Joliet families have the skills they need to compete for new jobs in the city.
Mihelich’s experience at Joliet Junior College will be key to developing the necessary partnerships to make available the core skills-training required for residents who need help preparing for success in our global, digital economy. Finally, Mihelich emphasized the need to review the city’s minority contractor participation program to ensure participating goals are being met and exceeded. The city has a 10% minority set aside. “We need to begin by getting minority contractors certified to bid on contracts. We also need to construct city contracts in such a way that minorities can competitively compete.” Mihelich’s commitment to fair competition and equitable participation in city businesses earned him the Latino Business Association’s Community Advocate of the Year Award in 2008. Mihelich retired as Joliet Junior College’s Associate Vice President after 30 years of service. For 20 years he directed all of the college’s economic development programs, including dislocated worker assistance, small business development and entrepreneurship training, worker retraining, and community development. During his career at JJC, Mihelich also served on the Grundy Economic Development Council for twelve years.
He chaired their Business Growth and Expansion Committee and served on the Executive Committee. He received their Community Member of the Year Award in 2000. Additionally, Mihelich served on the Joliet City Center Partnership Board of Directors for over a decade. He helped create the partnership’s vision for downtown redevelopment.