Recently, 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.
Why, indeed. 63,000?!
Among them are 20,295 teachers and school administrators; 10,676 rank-and-file workers and managers in Chicago; 9,567 college and university employees; 8,640 State of Illinois employees, and 8,817 small town city and village employees.
Then there is this startling fact:
Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago now pays out more six-figure incomes than the state government. We found city truck drivers, tree trimmers, and street light repair workers earned six-figures. But, really, the problem is the overtime. Last year, the city paid out $283 million in overtime to 1,000 employees who pocketed more than $40,000 apiece.
The next time were hear the teachers unions moaning about crappy pay, keep this in mind:
Some of Illinois’ K-12 schools are spiking salaries and padding pensions. Data reveals nearly 30,000 teachers and administrators earned $100,000+ incomes. However, just 20,295 of those educators are currently employed; the other 9,305 are retired, resting on six-figure pensions.
Here’s how it breaks down in two of 900 school districts. Just 1,236 of the 2,147 educators with $100,000+ incomes are currently working.
- In Township High School District 214, there were 500 retirees receiving six-figure annual pensions in addition to 640 working educators.
- In Palatine Township High School 211, while 596 educators earned a six-figure salary, 491 retirees received six-figure lifetime pensions.
In other words, a some retirees are earning more when they are not working than when they were working.
I'm not against anyone making as much as possible. But as their employers, the citizens and taxpayers of Illinois have a right--nay, an obligation--to make sure that this burden doesn't sink the state and all who rely on it: The impoverished, the ill and all the rest.