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Peck Calls for Pay Freeze, Salary Reduction for Lawmakers

Plainfield village trustee Garrett Peck is the second state candidate to demand legislative salaries be slashed by 10 percent.

Editor's note: The following is taken in part by a press release issued by the campaign of Garrett Peck.

State Senate candidate Garrett Peck on Thursday issued a press release calling for a legislative pay freeze. 

Peck, who is running against Will County Regional Superintendent of Schools Jennifer-Bertino Tarrant for the new 49th District seat, is advocating a freeze of salary and benefits until the state's debt crisis is solved.

“I don’t think I could look my constituents in the eye if I took pay increases out of their pockets, while Illinois families are struggling to pay the bills,” Peck said in a press release. “What kind of example is that to set, when politicians can’t pay vendors and providers, but take a pay increase? It’s unconscionable.”

He also proposed that state lawmakers take a 10 percent pay reduction — sharing a stance held by 98th District House of Representatives candidate Natalie Manley, who also called for 10 percent pay cut last week.

Manley is going up against Fountaindale Library District trustee Bob Kalnicky in the November election.

“Look, being a state senator was never meant to be a full-time job," Peck continued in a statement. "It’s a part-time job with full-time duties.

"We need to show our constituents that we are willing to make the spending cuts and sacrifices necessary to eliminate the state deficit and roll back the Democrats’ 67 percent income tax increase. My goal is to bring the state back to solvency, while promoting more effective, efficient government — and ultimately enable taxpayers to keep more of their take home pay.”

Peck called on his opponent to join him in pledging to reject any increases in legislative pay and benefits, while calling for a 10 percent reduction in legislative salaries.

Peck vowed to propose "bold solutions" to solve the state's debt crisis and make Illinois economically viable once again. 

“Illinois has the worst credit rating in the country," he said. "In addition to a mountain of debt, we have at least $120 billion in unfunded pension liabilities Reducing legislative pay demonstrates lawmakers are serious about fixing the state’s financial problems. In order to regain the public’s trust, we must lead by example.”

John Tips September 21, 2012 at 01:42 PM
***OUR KUDOS *** to Garrett Peck for standing firm on our states financial problems! Illinois has for many years skirted it's obligations to its residents, by not balancing it's budget! We who live in this state are becoming annoyed by the reoccurring and continued rhetoric coming from both political parties! We TAXPAYERS need to band together and stop our government from digging further in our pockets and send a clear and precise message to our lawmakers to "back off" and balance their budgets as we balance our checkbooks! Raising our property taxes or any other taxes is UNACCEPTABLE!
Vicki Knight September 21, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Garrett Peck, you have my vote for Illinois State Senator, not double dipping, proposing state lawmakers take a 10 percent paycut is a great idea, they should have to sacrifice just like the voters have had to. As far as "Eyes on Plainfield", I would like to know where have you been the past 6 or so years, when Garrett's been a Village Board Trustee, have you not read the papers or the minutes from those meetings? If you had, you would have seen the good things that Garrett has done for the Village of Plainfield. As far as your "Eyes on Plainfield", I'm getting a bit irritated with you and others as I read your comments, that you don't have the "blank", can't use the word I want, to leave your real name, why is that? We, who have opinions, do leave our name since that is what we believe in, you who don't, try to undermine, ruin reputations, cut another person down, but can't leave your name, you just want to stir up trouble.I don't comment in the Patch often, but I am growing very tired of you and the likes of you making your kind of comments and not leaving your name. Garrett Peck is a honest man, with morals, has integrity, wants best for the voters of Will County, wants to cut unnecessary spending, stands firm in what he believes in, will not be bought out, will stand up to the "good old boys" if that is what it takes, and is always willing to talk to the voters of Will County. Garrett Peck will make a great Illinois State Senator.
Tim September 21, 2012 at 08:32 PM
If there have been so many 'good things' that he has done, I'm sure you wont have a problem listing at least one of them. See, many people HAVE read the minutes, and read the papers. And aside from fluffy press releases, all we have read is 'Garret Peck abstained' in the vote for...'. In other words he hasn't actually done anything, but talk. I guess that was enough to fool you though.
Tinfoil Hat September 21, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Tim, I watch the Village Board meetings every Monday evening and have never seen Trustee Peck abstain from a vote. You have no honesty or integrity. Shame on you! I hope my children don't turn out like you.
Tim September 21, 2012 at 09:39 PM
And even though you claim to watch these meeting every Monday, you couldn't list a single positive vote that Garret Peck has made? Here, let me help you out with some actual recorded facts on what he has abstained from voting on in the recent past few months alone; http://plainfield.patch.com/articles/village-grant-to-fund-heritage-centers-lower-level-plaza "Trustees Bill Lamb and Garrett Peck abstained from the vote" http://plainfield.patch.com/articles/business-incubator-center-flies-with-village-board "While he[Garret Peck] didn't vote against the proposal, he did abstain."
Moe September 21, 2012 at 10:31 PM
@ Tim, the quote... 'Garret Peck abstained' in the vote for...' is that the same as Obama voting “present,”? That same present vote that Obama used to effectively sidestep a issue, an option he invoked nearly 130 times as a state senator.
Tim September 21, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I don't remember anyone in this thread saying that Barack Obama never voted 'present' like the above poster erroneously claimed for Peck never abstaining from votes. It is obviously something that bothers you about Obamas record, so it should concern you in the same way on Pecks record. Right?
Moe Ron September 21, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I was hoping Peck would call for no elected officals accepting contracts from any governing bodies within their elected district. Why so select about which pocket you take from?
Tim September 22, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Yes, that would be a good stand to take. But then again, Garret Peck would have to give up some of his contracts. That is, after all, where a lot of his 'abstain' votes are coming from. For contracts government bodies have with his technology company. Like this $288K contract District 202 has with his company. http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/news/5509571-418/plainfield-schools-to-vote-on-288k-software-to-aid-learning.html Of course he will take a 'pay cut', he has an inside track on getting contracts to make up the difference.
Tinfoil Hat September 22, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I am glad Peck's company saved the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars and that District 202 is bidding out their large purchases to get the best price: Per the Herald News: Russell Moore, the district’s senior network administrator, sent pricing requests to four companies. He recommended Magik Technology of Plainfield because their price per room is $308 less than the next competitor, Midwest Computer. Keep it coming Berino's Goons-- Peck's ahead in the polls.
Tim September 22, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Yes, and for some reason you left out the part at the beginning; "The software’s yearly maintenance costs $21,000." You are 'glad' about that? In other words, they 'bought' the software, but they don't really own it. Just like you pay every year for the software on your computer, right.
Tinfoil Hat September 22, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Umm... Tim if you read the article the software being described has nothing to do with Peck's company. Its curriculum software. the 21k annual maintenance is going to a different vendor :O) Do your homework Maybe you could have benefitted from the reading software our schools are using back in your education days.
Tinfoil Hat September 22, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Looks to me like Madigan's goons are about to unload on Peck to help Jenny Berino.
Moe Ron September 22, 2012 at 03:54 AM
bidding out or silent bidding? I'd like to know the order of the bids submitted. Easy to beat your competition when you know where to come in. Peck goes around and tells everyone how he and the board president are best friends. The only polls that matter are done within the last week of an election. Madigan hasn't sent any goons yet. If he does it won't be on a blog or message board. It will be in the form of 100+ volunteers courtesy of SEIU. If that happens it's over. Trust me, you will know if and when he get's involved
Plainfield Pete September 22, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Wow, Tim points out an insider deal involving two board members on opposite sides of the table and people call him the goon? I'm still waiting for someone to give us one of Peck's accomplishments in Plainfield.
Tim September 22, 2012 at 05:36 AM
In the 2007-08 school year, the district paid Magik Technology $444,015.
Mark Batinick September 22, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I was made aware of "references" to me on this articles comment pages. None of the other comments are mine. I always use my real name. However, these are: 1. Garrett offered "Bold Solutions" back in January. http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2012/01/garrett-offer-solutions-for-il-credit-downgrade.html 2. Garrett offered to debate his opponent for 2 hours and she declined. If he didn't have any solutions, why would he extend this invitation? Why would she refuse? 3. If you and your candidate think it's a good thing that "Cook County coming to Will County soon" is a good thing, Peck will win in a landslide. Thanks for making her position clear on that issue.
Margie Bonuchi September 22, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Plainfield Pete/MOE Ron If what you are saying was even remotely true, you would sign your real, full names. FACT: There are several people who want to do business with the Dist, know the people working there and that is why I CHOSE MYSELF TO NOT BE INVOLVED in the selection of the product, RFP process, review, selection or decision on who gets the business. I have no access to any information. Back when Magiktech first competed for the business on an RFP, I also knew other vendors better than I knew Garrett so I removed myself on my own. Each time, we use an RFP process, documented. The first time Mr. Peck started as a vendor, the Superintendent selected the company. The Board, including the Finance committee reviews the written recommendations. There have been FOIA's from all the enemies of Garrett Peck trying to find something, to no avail. I have done my best for the students, staff and tax payers of D202 and I have brought in millions as well as garnered a lot of donations to offset costs. I know that there are good people out in the community who will not believe these unfounded attacks on my integrity. Its really a shame that you are allowed to post without validation of your identity. I know that you are just waiting to slam me again, so hopefully good decent people will know the difference.
Grandpamike September 24, 2012 at 01:41 PM
@Margie Bonuchi Really, by using your real name is a sign of veracity ? If you use an alias, you are not ? Pretty simplistic and par for the course for a politician.
Grandpamike September 24, 2012 at 01:44 PM
No, he is just another politician using his Plainfield position as a springboard to a higher office, and also sweet contract deals with the other pol. Like anything else, money and power are what drive these types of individuals. Greed has no party affiliation, they all sleep together.
Grandpamike September 24, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Sorry Vicki He only wants the best for Garrett Peck. Also, as I mentioned before, by using your real name does not add truth to your remarks, anymore than an alias. wait, let's see "I use my true name, so therefore what I say is true". Does that work for you ?
Tim September 24, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Nobody yet has given one positive vote that Peck has made on the village board in his current elected position. There is a husband/wife with one each on the school board, and village board. If you have to abstain from so many votes because of this, what good is your service? You were elected to vote for important issues, and not to abstain Peck-style during board votes. I think more people need to realize that all of these 'abstain' votes are happening because of all the personal interconnections between the various governing bodies. Not acceptable.
Ernie Knight September 25, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Tim, As the "expert" on highway design for the village and the use of funds from other entities, I'm surprised you're unaware of the vote for the pedestrian bridge over the river at Lockport Street. Or doesn't it count unless it's a RAILROAD CROSSING? Would you prefer that a trustee vote when there is a potential conflict of interest, Tim? We aren't supposed to elect people who might have any conflict of interest in ANY vote? That would be a pretty limited pool.
my conscience October 31, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Tim, I am always skeptical of your comments, but on this particular subject I must say (in mild surprise) Bravo! ... or is this another smoke screen? If so, it is the best one yet! ;-)
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