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JJC board approves president's salary increase

Judy Mitchell listens to members of the Joliet Junior College board in Joliet during a meeting earlier this year at which she was named interim president of the school. Mitchell's contract as the school's president was approved Monday night.
Judy Mitchell listens to members of the Joliet Junior College board in Joliet during a meeting earlier this year at which she was named interim president of the school. Mitchell's contract as the school's president was approved Monday night.

JOLIET – Two Joliet Junior College trustees wanted the salary increase for the president based on the college receiving at least 50 percent funding from the state. 

JJC officials have expected the college to only receive 50 percent in state funding for the fiscal 2018 budget in light of the ongoing state budget crisis.

Trustees considered approving at Tuesday’s meeting a 2 percent increase in salary for JJC President Judy Mitchell. 

The board ended up approving the increase in a 6-2 vote. Trustees Andrew Mihelich and Alicia Morales voted against the increase. 

Mitchell’s current salary is $220,000. The 2 percent increase is consistent with the increases the board approved in April for college employees, JJC spokeswoman Kelly Rohder said. Mitchell’s benefits will remain the same. 

Mihelich proposed the salary increase be based on JJC receiving at least 50 percent in state funding. If that amount was not met then budget cuts would have to be made, starting with the president not receiving a pay increase, he said. 

“That should start with the presidential no pay increase,” he said.

Morales agreed with Mihelich, saying JJC has raised taxes, tuition and keeps asking for more. 

Board President Robert Wunderlich disagreed. He said Mitchell works as hard as others and that the college budgeted for the salary increase. 

“It’s either everybody gets an increase or nobody gets an increase. You can’t discriminate from one person to the other,” Wunderlich said.

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