Defining Administration Costs Before the Board

At the county board meeting on June 4th Mrs. Virginia Peschke addressed the board members about what administrative costs were.  I respectfully disagree with everything Mrs. Peschke said.  I also wanted to respond with the facts and be able to back them up with sourced data that you can verify.

Mrs. Pescke said:

The McHenry Mental Health Board said they speant six percent on administration and that they were talking about salaries and benefits. And we all know that is the big expenditure and that is what most people think of as administration…

This is her quote taken verbatim and is not out of context.  I would like to supply you with the definition college students around the United States learn when they take accounting.  The textbook is called Introduction to Managerial Accounting and it is published by McGraw-Hill.

The definition of Administrative Costs is located in Chapter One, page 23 and it reads as follows:

Administrative Costs include all costs associated with general management of an organization and not the manufacturing and selling (of a product or service).

There is so much more to administrative costs than just salaries and benefits.  We have building costs and upkeep, the electric bill, water and sewer, computer costs, telecommunications.  The list is long.

I believe Board Member Ken Koehler when he says it is important to know what the facts are… and I really wanted to clarify this statement to the board.

On a personal note, it was really a wonderful experience to stand before and speak to our elected leaders.  It was a very moving moment for me to speak – thank you for the opportunity.

Dan Duffy Marches in Libertyville Parade

I received a call last week from one of the leaders at the Dan Duffy Team asking if I would march in the parade with Dan… of course I would. I was joined by Algonquin Township Trustee and committeeman Larry Emery of Crystal Lake. While the day started off rainy by the time we kicked off the parade it was cool, overcast, and not an ounce of humidity.

Senator Duffy speaks with one of his constituents.

Senator Duffy speaks with one of his constituents before the parade kicked off.

Many of you may not know that each state senator represents two state representatives. In Dan’s case, he works closely with State Representatives David McSweeney and Ed Sullivan.

State Senator Dan Duffy and State Representative Ed Sullivan before the parade.

State Senator Dan Duffy and State Representative Ed Sullivan before the parade.

The parade route was packed and it was really nice to see the response both of these gentlemen had from the crowd.

Virginia Peschke’s Statement

Some have emailed me asking to see the statement. You cannot see the statement but you can listen to it. I am providing her statement in whole, unedited, for you to listen to.

There are problems with this statement. However, I think her statement must be submitted for the public record for everyone to critique without my own personal comments… at least for now.

Questions for the Public Concerning MHB and CCCS

Ms. Virginia Peschke

At the last McHenry County Board Meeting, Ms. Virginia Peschke spoke during public comment. Her comments raise questions about the timing and veracity of her statements towards critics of the 708 McHenry County Mental Health Board (MHB). The MHB has come under scrutiny, deservedly so, by local papers, elected officials, and concerned citizens.

Peschke served on the McHenry County Board from 1990 to 1994 and from 1996 until 2012 when she lost re-election during the Republican primary. Her LinkedIn profile can be reviewed here. She is also the Executive Director for Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) for McHenry County. Peschke has served in this role since 1999.

Peschke served as Public Health & Human Services Chairwoman (PH&HS) for her last full term in office. However, documents show she was chair of PH&HS as far back as July 14th, 2006. Please review the following documents:

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 CCCS received no funding from the MHB.

In FY 2008, the MHB granted CCCS $16,122.00 but was actually allocated $34,038.93.  This is $17,916.89 more than was budgeted or 211.1%.

Click the picture above to download the PFF file.  CCCS is located on page 1.

Click the picture above to download the PDF file.
CCCS is located on page 1.

In FY 2009, the MHB granted CCCS $16,122.00 but was actually allocated $37,066.30.  This is a $23,586.65 more than was budgeted or 229.9%.

CCCS 2009 p2

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CCCS is located on page 2.

In FY 2010, the MHB granted CCCS $16,767.00 but was actually allocated $50,090.13.  This is $33,323.13 more than was budged or 298.7%.

CCCS 2010 p1

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CCCS is located on page 1.

In FY 2011, the MHB granted CCCS $52,000 but was actually allocated $47,743.01.  This is $4,256.99 less than was budgeted or 91.8%.

CCCS 2011 p1

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CCCS is located on page 1.

In FY 2012, the MHB granted CCCS $58,000 but was actually allocated $48,991.17.  This is $9,008.83 less than was budgeted or 84.5%.

CCCS 2012 p12

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CCCS is located on page 12.

Questions

Is it a conflict of interest for a person chairing the Public Health & Human Services committee presiding over nominations of members to the McHenry Mental Health Board who in turn oversee funds of the MHB being directed to the organization they are the executive director of?

Who at CCCS requested the grant for the initial funding in 2008?

Are indebtedness, bankruptcy, and credit problems mental illness’ that are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)?

If indebtedness is a mental illness, how many citizens in McHenry County are mentally ill?

There is much more to come… much more.

The Meaning of Memorial Day

In its simplest of terms – Memorial Day is a day to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to defend our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.  They gave their lives so you, I, people they will never know, can have this opportunity to practice what we call democracy.  If you think about it, really sit down and think about it (like we are supposed to do), what an enormous price.

This ultimate sacrifice does not know of skin color nor religion.  This ultimate sacrifice knows neither poor nor rich.  Americans from every walk of life have made this sacrifice at some point.  Sadly, this day of solemn remembrance has turned into more of the unofficial kick of bash of summer via a three day holiday.  And to be fair, I have friends who paid the price who could appreciate that; however, as I look around at our culture today I am beginning to wonder, do we really “get it”.

Staff Sargent Daniel Fannin.

Do our children really understand the significance of the day?  Do they really get the true meaning of why the day was started in the first place?  I by no means am implying a kindergartner needs to understand that the bloodiest war of all time was the Civil War and that more Americans died fighting each other than all the other wars combined, but do we really spend the time to explain it?

Today many families will come together for a special day together.  Other families will have to endure a day whey they realize that their son, daughter, husband, wife, mother, father, friend, comrade, shipmate, battle buddy, or wingman will not be there.  I, maybe selfishly, just wanted to remind everyone out there that this isn’t the 4th of July, its Memorial Day… and I am thankful to all of those who have served, are serving now, and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country our country.

…and one more thing.  Often overlooked are those who made the ultimate sacrifice who were not active duty military.  This does not mean they were on active duty.  Those who serve our nation through clandestine agencies also need to be remembered. Some of these people may get mention in the press and some only get a star.

Sometimes I think Americans need to check our exceptionalism at the door and take a minute to realize just how lucky we all truly are.

Illinois Pensions You Should Know About

Taxpayers United of America recently highlighted Illinois’ pension problem in an article.  I found it so disturbing that I wanted to share it with you and it is also relevant as I speak with many of you about our property tax increases.  Pensions are a big deal as they are the number one factor crippling Illinois.  Remember, McHenry County is the 29th most taxed county… in the nation!

McHenry County is the 29th worst county in America to live when it comes to taxes.  Why on earth are people wanting to raise them higher?

McHenry County is the 29th worst county in America to live when it comes to taxes. Why on earth are people wanting to raise them higher?

You may download the Microsoft Excel here or the Adobe PDF here.

These are the numbers – does anyone deserve a pension like this?  $400k?  We have a lot of problems here in McHenry County and in Illinois… and then we have do deal with this.  We should forward this to all of our elected representatives.  We have to make them realize just how bad this really is.

2012 Top Pensions_Page_1

 

2012 Top Pensions_Page_2

 

Please share this via your social media networks.  The taxpayers of Fox River Grove, Cary, Algonquin, Crystal Lake, and the rest of McHenry County need to know.  You cannot make this stuff up.