Lame-duck Stroger gave aide $54,000 pay hike
One of several raises not approved by County Board, finance chairman says
By Hal Dardick, Tribune reporter
Cook County Board President Todd Stroger handed a $54,000 raise to his chief financial officer, one of several recent salary sweeteners that prompted county commissioners to seek an accounting by Friday.
Stroger recently boosted the salary of CFO Jaye Williams, the wife of onetime Chicago Board of Education President Rufus Williams, to $230,000, up from about $176,000, commissioners said. Details of the increase surfaced just days after the board curbed Stroger's authority to hire and spend money in response to a new hiring scandal in his administration.
Jaye Williams is one of several county employees who received raises without County Board approval, in violation of a December resolution aimed at controlling costs, said Commissioner John Daley, D-Chicago. He expects to receive a report Friday detailing all the raises.
"It concerns me that anyone would receive a pay raise contrary to what it said in that resolution," said Daley, chairman of the Finance Committee, making it clear he was not singling out Williams. "This is what we tried to stop. I don't like to see pay raises after you passed the budget."