Setting the Record Straight in the Palatine Township Race

It's time to fact check some statements made about pensions in the Palatine Township race...


When election time comes around, the truth often becomes elusive. I believe there are two types of people who run for elected office: politicians and public servants. I seek out the public servants as they are friends of the truth.

It's critical to doublecheck statements made by candidates. Believing everything you read or hear without doing so can be tempting, I know. But it's a path that will lead you to disappointment and frustration.

This Tuesday, February 26, our community has the opportunity to vote on candidates for the Palatine Township Board. 

Unfortunately, false statements have been made and it's time to set the record straight with the actual facts.

One of the slates sent out a mailer with the headline: "The only candidates to pledge to refuse government pensions….because part-time government positions shouldn’t receive taxpayer-funded pensions".

I agree 100% with the second half of that statement: government pensions for part-time jobs cannot be justified. But, it's first half that is untrue and needs examination.

Lisa Moran, current Township Clerk, declined her pension and had to overcome Board pushback to do so.

She has never made one penny in pension benefits and never will.

  • Her participation was terminated at HER request only after having to fight for the right to do so. Why did she have to fight? Excellent question. Certain candidates from that same slate making the false statements fought her on the issue. Only after getting the attorney involved did they sign off on it and Clerk Moran was able to assert her right to opt out of the pension. What a waste of attorney time and Township money.
  • One just has to look at the minutes from November and December 2012: http://www.palatinetownship.com/storage/board-minutes/11-19-12%20%20Minutes%20rev.pdf" and http://www.palatinetownship.com/storage/board-minutes/12-17-12%20Minutes.pdf.
  • Here is the part of which to take note: "Clerk Moran reminded the board that she has always stated that the Clerk’s Office didn’t require the necessary 1000 hours and urged the board to be fiscally responsible and vote to approve this resolution now that IMRF has offered this opportunity."
  • Rather than having her request be approved immediately at the November meeting, it was deferred so the attorney could get involved. It was finally approved in December.


Lisa Moran is a public servant. But you don't have to take my word for it. The facts speak for themselves.

Please vote Tuesday.

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Mark February 25, 2013 at 06:34 AM
When I look at the election factions (https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130223/news/702239904/print/) I see that Lisa Moran is the ONLY independent candidate. All of the other candidates belong to a slate, EXCEPT for incumbent Lisa Moran. Now, on the pension issue, Lisa Moran gave up her pension rights during her first term, which is her current term. This in unlike others on the board who have gladly been participants in the IMRF pension plan for much longer, in some cases for over a decade and are now fully vested. Lisa Moran stands apart from those other candidates in that she opted out of the IMRF pension during her first term and will herself never become vested. Others, who may have opted out going forward are still vested and can (and probably will) draw benefits once they officially "retire". She also does not feel the need to band together with others just to win an election. My vote goes to her.
Palatine Watches You February 26, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Vicki Wilson, you must be a political hack. We read the minutes and it looks like the board decreased the salaries officials who make over $24K in their positions!!!! Trustees do not have to claim their stipends and several of them stated as such. FOIA the expense records and see who claims money to make $900 or volunteer for something, then you have a reason to talk.
Bill February 26, 2013 at 10:52 PM
The punch line that not many people are talking about is: Fleming and Powers are running as conservatives?! WTF? If a person believes in small government, then they believe in it all the time and in every direction (psssssst, kids are you paying attention? Powers and Fleming are N-O-T conservative). Terms that last for a longer time span that it takes for all my kids to go through high school is NOT limited government. Taking the pension for a part time position is NOT conservative. Fact-checking is great. I applaud anyone who does that. But just from a broader perspective, how do you people allow these crusty politicians to sit around for decades, but then claim they are conservative? Seriously? We get our butts kicked in a presidential election and then learn nothing. Obama deserved to win. Republicans need to stop following conservatives like Fleming and Powers who take pensions and fight for their office for decades, treat it like a little side-job piggy bank… disgusting.
Bill February 26, 2013 at 10:52 PM
And before Dellmar and the PTRO or any of that, when my kids were little, I tried to get to know the Topper mummies, but that was depressing. Those people are not conservative. They are only conservative until it becomes uncomfortable to be conservative. We are going to be leaving IL soon, to find a truly conservative area. Well, they are conservative on morality issues I guess, but they certainly love their pensions and stipends and per diem and titles. My recommendation to you all is to stop arguing over who did what to who twenty years ago, and look at the current hypocrisy. Vote the mummies out, and then at least you have a chance… you have a chance at change, a chance for real conservatives to advance the cause. Or leave the state, like we are. But grow up, wake up. Pensions and twenty-year terms = NOT CONSERVATIVE.
The Hawkeye Guy February 27, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Dear "Palatine Watches You". Nobody knows what you are actually watching because thats lies. You believe what ever you want but THE FACTS are that Vince Farina, Bill Huley, Art Goes, Sharon Langlotz-Johnson, and Linda Fleming voted YES! They are trying to get more money in their wallets. They don't care too much about us. Therefore, Lisa Moran brings honesty and she actually KNOWS what to do. She won't go for money (She DECLINED her pension) She goes for US. God Bless Lisa Moran and Vicki Wilson you know exactly what you are saying. IGNORE "The Palatine Watcher" GO GET EM' LISA MORAN!! The TRUTHFUL canidate!!


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