'Minimum Wage' Of $100,000 For 50,000 Highly-Compensated Illinois Public Employees Costs Taxpayers $8 Billion
In Illinois, and many states, public service has little to do with serving the public and everything to do with using the public’s money to serve politicians. Whenever we open the books, Illinois is consistently among the worst offenders. Recently we found Cook County animal control officers making $105,000; suburban school administrators at $503,000; university doctors earning $1.3 million; and 72 small-town ‘managers’ out-earning every governor of the 50 states.
This week, Governor Bruce Rauner (R) told the state public employee union AFSME, "Illinois is broke." Our data and analysis at OpenTheBooks.com shows he’s right. There are 50,000 public employees earning six-figure salaries who cost Illinois taxpayers $8 billion a year. Using our interactive mapping tool, you can quickly review the public employees across Illinois who earn more than $100,000.