Village boosts pay to draw young people into government

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LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ Officials of a northern Illinois community are hoping increasing the salary of village board members will prompt younger candidates to run for office.

Annual pay for six Libertyville village trustees and village clerk will increase from $4,800 to $6,000, and the mayor’s pay will rise from $12,000 to $16,000.

The increases take effect in June 2019 for three trustee positions up for election next spring. Raises for the other three trustee positions, clerk and mayor will take effect after the current terms expire in two years.

Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler notes the village’s board has been described as being comprised of “old retired people” and “old white men.” The 67-year-old Weppler says the description is not made to be insulting or offensive.

Weppler says it’s hoped the pay raise voted Tuesday will get younger people on a board whose members’ average age is 68 years.

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