Illinois Marriage Registry Rejects Marriage Counselor Salary Claim

The Illinois Department of Human Services is rejecting a $946,000 claim that a marriage counselor’s salary went up after her marriage.

A spokeswoman for the department said Monday that the decision was based on information from a review of the department’s employment records and records from the state attorney general’s office.

The department’s investigation found that the state paid the woman a salary that exceeded the state’s statutory minimum wage of $21,000 in 2013, when the law took effect.

The woman’s attorney, Kathleen Sullivan, said the department was not allowed to release the information, because it violated confidentiality.

Sullivan also said the woman had been receiving more than $5,000 a month in medical bills.

The state has said the increase is for her care of the couple’s newborn baby, who was born two weeks after the couple wed.

Sullivan said the state did not intend to pay the salary.

The Department of Health Services, the agency that administers the state marriage licenses, confirmed the salary increase in a statement Monday.

It said the agency reviewed the departmental records in 2013 and 2014 and determined that the amount in question did not exceed the statutory minimum salary for the position, which is $21.40 an hour.

Sullivan called the salary raise “completely outrageous.”