Illinois’ Governor Bruce Rauner is well aware that the state is struggling financially. He admitted to the state public employee union AFSME, that the state is completely broke. But, this isn’t because the state is funneling money to serve the public. The salaries and pensions of the state’s politicians and workers is costing the public $8 billion a year.
According to Forbes, roughly 50,000 public employees earn at least a six-figure salary including…
- 18,900 teachers and school administrators.
- 9,000 university and college employees, specifically Dr. Fady Toufic Charbel of the University of Illinois makes $1.38 million a year.
- 8,838 Illinois state employees.
- 5,122 small-town and city employees. 72 of these are municipal managers who make more than every governor in the 50 states with a salary of $180,000 a year.
- 5,007 City of Chicago managers and workers.
These are not including the pensions either. 1 million public employees are receiving a pension check.
Some officials are taking advantage of the system by collecting their pension, while taking on a new high paying role, like former state representative Roger Eddy who is now the Executive Director of Illinois Association of School Boards. Former Governor Jim Edgar did the same thing when he collected a pension of more than $2 million, while also working from 2000-2013 at the University of Illinois for $2.25 million yearly salary.
President Obama is all too familiar with this system. He served on the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004 before being elected into the United States Senate.
But again, politicians aren’t the only ones reaping the state’s benefits. Suburban schools in the state have 1,170 educators with $100,000 salaries and even 1,000 water district employees make over $100,000 a year. Not to mention, Governor Rauner just hired his wife a personal assistant for $100,000 a year, even though she has no official government duties. Obviously, he isn’t that concerned about the “poor funding” in the state.
So how is the state funding these high salaries and pensions? Well, the property taxes of the state are the highest in the entire nation.
Editor’s Note: This is what unions can do to you. Can’t really blame Scott Walker for breaking the unions in Wisconsin.