Tina Hill back on the job as chairwoman

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill took her seat at Tuesday’s meeting after a monthlong leave of absence for health reasons.

Hill, R-Woodstock, officially returned to her duties with a half day of work Monday. She temporarily stepped down Jan. 6 because she had been struggling with poor health and the need for inpatient care after recent double-knee replacement surgery and complications from an earlier gastric bypass surgery.

“I’m back on duty full time,” she said before the meeting started.

Vice Chairman James Heisler, R-Crystal Lake, had served as chairman in Hill’s absence.

Hill, first elected to the County Board in 2002, is serving her first two-year term as chairwoman after she was elected by the County Board in December 2012. The chairmanship comes with an $82,200 salary.

Although Hill is back on the job, she is deciding against traveling next month as part of the McHenry County Board’s delegation to the National Association of Counties legislative conference in Washington, D.C.

Voters in the March 18 primary will decide via referendum whether the County Board chairman should be popularly elected every four years, rather than chosen by the 24-member County Board every two years.

Hill’s term as a County Board member representing District 5 expires in 2016.