By Bill Gantz

Staff Reporter

  Last August, Justice village trustees pledged to stop collecting their monthly pay.  However records show trustee Phil DePaola, of the Peoples Voice Party, is still on the village payroll and still collecting a check.  Of the $1,800 paid out to him since supporting the non-binding proclamation forgoing pay, $80 has gone to boost his public pension fund.  The village has also paid out an additional $185 for its share of his retirement.  None of the money received by the trustee has been reimbursed to the village at this present time, according to reports obtained thru Freedom of Information Act requests.

  On August 18th Village of Justice trustees discussed relinquishing the pay of all elected officials up to the end of the year.  The move had been described as a way to help pay for new office equipment.  Participation in the program was called for being voluntary only.  The item was voted on during the August 23rd board meeting.

  Interviews leading up to the measure were given out to Chicago radio stations.  A television film crew was on hand to record the board action.   DePaola was quoted in the Desplaines Valley News, saying “I can’t stress enough that we must lead by example.”  “This job up here cannot be about pay…” After all of the village trustees made individual speeches praising the act, a spectacle followed when DePaola publicly polled all of the elected officials by calling upon them one by one to accept or reject the pay reduction.  After polling himself, DePaola announced yes.

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