Dozens of Madison County Democrat precinct committee members
whose party opposes a property tax reduction draw their income from government
jobs, public pensions and elected offices.
Precinct committee chairman Mark Von Nida, from Precinct 5
in Edwardsville Township, earned $107,307 last year as Circuit Clerk.
Collinsville Township Precinct 17 committeeman John Rekowski
earned $149,864 as chief public defender, second in salary only to state’s
attorney Tom Gibbons.
Jarvis Township Precinct 4 committeeman Alan Dunstan earned
$101,473 as county board chairman.
Edwardsville Township Precinct 3 committeeman John McGuire
earned $95,243 as Gibbons’s top assistant.
Granite City Township Precinct 4 committeewoman Dina Burch
earned $76,502.40 as chief deputy circuit clerk.
County board members James Dodd, William Robertson, Joe
Semanisin, Michael Holliday, John Trucano, Brenda Roosevelt, Kristen Novacich, Andrew
Asadorian, Jack Minner, and Helen Hawkins all serve as precinct committee
Board members earn about $15,000, and they will qualify for
public pensions through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF).
Precinct committee members hold county jobs from top to
bottom, according to payroll reports of the Better Government Association.
Helvetia Township Precinct 1 committeeman Eric Good earned
$69,243 as a sheriff’s deputy.
Alton Township Precinct 9 committeewoman Michelle Brooks
earned $59,467 as purchasing agent.
Saline Township Precinct 2 committeeman Steven Brendel
earned $58,386 as regional storm water coordinator.
St. Jacob Township Precinct 1 committeeman Scott Rose earned
$54,434 as site development coordinator.
Alhambra Township Precinct 1 committeeman Jeffrey Hurst
earned $49,754 as code enforcement inspector.
Nameoki Township Precinct 2 committeeman Michael Vrabec
earned $46,488 as secretary for Gibbons.
Granite City Township Precinct 18 committeewoman Tracy
Sanchez earned $39,229 as a research technician in the assessor’s office.
Marine Township Precinct 2 committeewoman Vicki Grater
earned $38,688 as clerk in the assessor’s office.
Collinsville Township Precinct 13 committeeman Jonathan
Gitchoff shares an address with Catherine Gitchoff, who earned $46,488 as
secretary for Gibbons.
Last year the American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees (AFSME) gave Catherine Gitchoff an award for social and
Alton Township 12 precinct committeewoman Carla Gillespie
works for AFSCME, representing mental health case workers.
Her husband Richard Gillespie is a lead objector challenging
the property tax cut referendum’s access to the November ballot.
Wood River Township Precinct 15 committeewoman Peggy
Zimmerman identifies herself as a retired lawyer who represented AFSCME from
2007 to 2015.
Other precinct committee members work for the state, cities,
villages, townships, and special purpose districts, or worked for them before
Five teachers and two retired teachers represent their party
in their precincts.
County board member Novacich works in administration for
Granite City schools.
Other precinct committee members lead local government, some
by election, some by appointment, and some by both.
Wood River Township Precinct 14 committeeman Joe Silkwood
occupies the office of mayor in East Alton.
Precinct 11 committeeman Fred Bright previously occupied the
Wood River Township Precinct 8 committeeman Dennis Weber
holds seats on the East Alton village board and the regional storm water
St. Jacob Township Precinct 2 committeewoman Lori Daiber
holds seats on the Triad school board and the storm water commission.
Three committee members took public office after working in
Wood River Township Precinct 1 committeeman Marty Reynolds,
former Roxana public works director, serves on the village board.
Nameoki Township Precinct 7 committeeman Randall Viessman serves
as township supervisor after 14 years with the township highway department.
Wood River Township Precinct 12 committeewoman Cheryl Maguire
serves as Wood River village trustee after retiring as a teacher.
Most precinct committee members whose online resumes place
them in the private sector are lawyers.
At least 14 of 142 committee members belong to the legal profession.
Edwardsville Township Precinct 10 committeeman Randi Gori
and Precinct 20 committeeman Ronald Foster stand out as the most prominent.