The Illinois Supreme Court has recently ruled that the Public Duty Doctrine was no longer necessary and has struck it down. These things I tend to follow because they affect my full time employment, and I've had a chance to do some digging as to what this is - and what it means. Please feel free to check it out for yourself though, don't take my word for it. Here's a LINK to an article.
Ultimately - this comes down to the same argument we've talked about for years - TRUTH. If Village officials tell the truth (any village official - Manager, Fire/Police Chief etc), they are almost guaranteed immunity. If they lie - they do so at their own financial peril...
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Want to know how many Department Managers have left Carpentersville (either willingly or not so much...) during Manager Rooney's tenure? (a short 5-1/2 years...) Well, search no further!
John Schuldt, Fire Chief; Dawn Wucki-Russbach, Assistant Village Manager; Cindy Macammack, Community Development Director; Kathy Stoves, IT Director; Cathy Haley, Finance Director; Lisa Happ, Finance Director; Brian Smith, Assistant Finance Director; Jim Hock, Community Development Director; David Neumann, Police Chief; Steve Jones, Assistant Village Manager; Linda Mogren, Human Resources Director; Janice Murphy, Economic Development Director; Scott Marquardt, Village Engineer; Alan Popp, Chief of Police / Director of Public Safety; Joe Wade, Assistant Village Manager; Christie Alvarado, HR Generalist (we know she wasn't a department head, but she was the only person in HR left so we think it counts- we are contracting out HR now); John Skillman, Fire Chief; Kevin Rynders, Deputy Fire Chief
Why is this important? A recent article by Gallup explains it Here. If it costs between 1/2 and 5 times the positions annual salary to replace a lost employee that's a lot of money. We will figure 1x annual salary since we are dealing with the highest level people here: at an average annual salary of about 100,000.00, that is potentially 1.6 million spent to replace these folks. That doesnt include everyone we've replaced in the rank and file from turnover... And we wonder why our village is always broke despite the annual tax levy increases of 4.99%!
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The Illinois Supreme Court has recently ruled that the Public Duty Doctrine was no longer necessary and has struck it down. I tend to follow these things because they affect my full time employment, and I've had a chance to ...Read More
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Here it is .. long awaited. Now, the clip below is taken from the main video. You can full 7 minute video here: March 14th, 2015.
I've clipped out the first few minutes that show a few people talking with each ...
I'm going through this audio file from Saturday's audit and finance commission meeting. It makes me angry, it disappoints me, and frankly, it's surreal. Folks, these Trustees can say I am just trying to frighten you ... sure, it's a ...Read More
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Case in point: Trustee Rehberg spoke ...
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