Grassroots Policy Process at Work
In response to a recent member survey, Cook County Farm Bureau® is drafting resolutions limiting the compensation of public officials.
In regard to compensation of public officials, the resolution provides that we support legislators only receiving compensation for the days they are in office. Current law allows for lawmakers to receive a full month salary even if they resign their seat on the first day of the month.
Regarding legislative bodies, the resolution supports prohibiting lawmakers from concurrently serving as an elected official and a paid lobbyist. In Illinois, it’s legal for an elected official to be a paid lobbyist if they aren’t lobbying the same branch of government they’re elected to represent.
Members are encouraged to contact Bona Heinsohn at 708-354-3276 if they have any questions or concerns.