Report: 1 in 10 state employees tops $100K pay
CHICAGO (AP) _ A published report says one of every 10 state employees earned more than $100,000 in 2014.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1CNmw4O ) that the employees included judges, prison guards and nurses. The newspaper cites public records in its report that says 682 workers made more than former Gov. Pat Quinn’s approximately $177,000 salary.
More than 100 workers doubled their base pay by working overtime or through compensatory time, including 14 workers who got at least $80,000 each in additional pay.
Nearly $4.8 billion of taxpayer money was given to 82,104 full-time, part-time and contract workers on the state’s payroll.
Among the highest paid was the state Teachers Retirement System’s chief investment officer, who earned nearly $450,000.
A TRS spokesman defended the salary, saying the job requires highly specialized skills.