Cicero Library Board Members Receive Free Health Care For Life

A report estimates that it cost the library $100,000 this year

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    Working on the board for the Cicero Public Library could be one of the best jobs in Chicagoland considering how much they pay for health care...nothing.

    The town provides board members with a BlueCross BlueShield PPO plan free for life, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.

    The report said that members need only serve four of their six year term to qualify and spouses along with children, until they turn 19, are covered as well. Sun-times estimate that it cost the library nearly $100,000 this year on a $1.7 million budget.

    While the library board decided to end the benefits in 2010, it only applied to new members and at least six former board members are still enjoying free coverage, the report said.

    This news comes on the heels of a heated battle between Chicago Public Libraries and the City of Chicago.

    A few weeks ago, Rick Perlstein wrote a piece in Rollingstone.com criticizing Mayor Rahm Emanuel on several issues, including his cuts to library funding and jobs.

    Earlier this year, Emanuel said the city would close branch libraries on Mondays in effort to balance the city's budget.

    In February, Emanuel said the branches would reopen on Mondays, but only during the school year from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.