County sheriffs across Illinois just won a round in court restoring a portion of the state stipend that helps to fund their salaries. But Sangamon County Undersheriff Jack Campbell says he’ll refuse the $6,500 stipend if he’s elected next year.
Appearing live with 970 WMAY’s “Bishop On Air,” Campbell said he knows the savings to the state won’t amount to much… but says given the scope of Illinois’s fiscal problems, every dollar that doesn’t get spent someplace can go to another urgent need elsewhere.
Campbell says if he cannot simply refuse to accept the money, he will donate it to charity. Opponent Wes Barr says he will also reject the stipend if elected, and will seek to apply that amount directly to the sheriff’s department budget.