12/12/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cook County Commissioners' Back-Door Pay Raise

Cook County Commissioners are paid $85,000 per year in taxpayer-funded salary. But they also receive more than $1,200 a month in no-strings-attached "contingency checks," Fox Chicago's Dane Placko reports.

The money from these checks, intended for auxiliary expenses like office supplies, does not have to be itemized in the lean, single-page expense reports Commissioners file with the County. Commissioner William Beavers admits taking the entire contingency fund as personal income, a practice fellow Commissioner Larry Suffredin says could be a violation of state law.

Watch the entire report and read individual Commissioner's expense reports here.