Collage:  Scott Gryder David Guritz Judy Gilmour

Kendall County Forest Preserve Commission Director David Guritz (right photo) will be paid an extra $392.30 per pay period from August 23 through November 30, 2020 after the commissioners approved the raise at a Special Meeting on Tuesday, August 13.  Forest preserve President Judy Gilmour (bottom left) called the Special Meeting.  Commissioner Scott Gryder (upper left) voted "no."  Guritz will also sign a two-year lease to live in the Ken Pickerill house at the Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve.  WSPY was not informed of the Special Meeting. (WSPYNews.com photos by James Wyman)

In a story that ran on Saturday, August 17 through Monday, August 19, WSPY Radio and WSPYNews.com reported that the Kendall County Forest Preserve called a Special Meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, without notifying WSPY.

This is inaccurate.

WSPY was notified of the August 13 Special Meeting via email on Thursday, August 8.

WSPY regrets the error and apologizes to Kendall County Forest Preserve President Judy Gilmour, Forest Preserve Director David Guritz and the nine other commissioners.

Other than the error that the meeting was not announced, the rest of the story was accurate.

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Kendall County Forest Preserve Commission President Judy Gilmour called a Special Meeting on Tuesday for the purpose of giving Director David Guritz a raise and a lease to live in the Pickerill house at the Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve on Minkler Rd. east of Yorkville.

At that Special Meeting on Tuesday, forest preserve commissioners voted six to one to give Guritz an extra $392.30 per pay period beginning August 23, 2019 and lasting through November 30, 2020.

Guritz will also now be able to live in the Pickerill house and pay $913 per month rent on a two-year lease.

The forest preserve commissioners have been discussing Guritz's raise and residence since early July.

Originally, the commission discussed giving Guritz a 14 percent raise.  That was later lowered to 12 percent.

The raise and lease were sent back to the Kendall County Forest Preserve Committee of the Whole at the August 6, meeting, but Gilmour called the Special Meeting to follow the August 13 committee of the whole meeting.

At the July 16 meeting, President Gilmour pulled Guritz's raise and lease agreement off the table. 

Gilmour needed commissioner Matt Prochaska's vote, and he was absent for that July 16 meeting.

However, at the special meeting on Tuesday, three board members were absent:  Amy Cesich, Tony Giles and Matt Kellogg.

Scott Gryder was the only forest preserve commissioner to vote against giving Guritz the raise and rental lease.

Gryder was asked when he heard about the special Tuesday meeting.

Guritz will expand his job duties at the Kendall County Forest Preserve, and that was one of the reasons Gryder voted "no."

With the added stipend, Guritz's salary will increase from $85,000 per year to $95,199.80.

Hear Jim Wyman's complete interview with Scott Gryder by clicking the link below: