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WHY ILLINOIS IS IN TROUBLE - 63,000 PUBLIC EMPLOYEES WITH SALARIES $100,000+ COST TAXPAYERS $10 BILLION

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Illinois is broke and continues to flirt with junk bond status. But the state's financial woes aren't stopping 63,000 government employees from bringing home six-figure salaries and higher.

Read our Forbes editorial, Why Illinois Is In Trouble, click here.

We found auto pound supervisors in Chicago making $144,453; nurses at state corrections earning up to $254,781; junior college presidents making $465,420; university doctors earning $1.6 million; and 84 small-town "managers" out-earning every U.S. governor.

Search our interactive map of the 63,000 Illinois public employees making $100,000+ and costing taxpayer $10 billion. Just  click a pin (by ZIP code) and scroll down to see the results rendered in the chart beneath the map.
 
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Here are a few examples of what you'll uncover:
  • 20,295 teachers and school administrators - including superintendents pulling down up to $398,229. 
     
  • 10,676 rank-and-file workers and managers in Chicago - including a police communications operator, who pocketed $121,318 in overtime while making $196,726.
     
  • 9,567 college and university employees - including the southern Illinois junior college power couple Dale Chapman ($465,420) and Linda Terrill Chapman ($217,290).The pair combined for a $682,000 income at Lewis and Clark Community College.
     
  • 8,640 State of Illinois employees - including the "barber" and "teacher of barbering" positions in the state prisons making $100,000+. 
     
  • 8,817 small town city and village employees - including 84 municipal managers out-earning every U.S. governor at $180,000. 
Read our Forbes editorial, Why Illinois Is In Trouble, click here.
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