Title: Illinois’ Billionaire Bureaucrat Club- Q & A
“This isn’t a red issue or a blue issue… only green.”
Last year across all units of Illinois government (local to state), 3062 public employees out-earned the governor. Collectively, their total compensation is nearly $1 billion.
Do you want to join this exclusive club of government employees? My advice is to become a local school administrator, village manager, judge, college professor or a government doctor.
This year, another 1,082 government employees with 2010 salaries between $160,000 and $170,000 stand waiting to join the club. It’s a bull market for insiders.
But, taxpayers don’t owe government employees a wealthy living… just a reasonable living.
Our promise to you is “Open the Books.” On Tuesday, September 13th, the books will be open. We will fundamentally change the way the public sees government. It will be a milestone in government reform launched by a thousand mouse clicks across Illinois.
Starting last week, we began the ramp-up to our launch. Each day, we challenged you to answer basic questions regarding Illinois government. For last week’s challenges and answers, click here.
This week’s challenges and answers are below…
Challenge Day 4- Inside Access to State Pensions.
Union leadership, lobbyists, associations, and non-profits (non-governmental tax spending advocates) have gained access to our State level pension systems for local governments and teachers. Who are these groups?
Answer: The second largest pension in Illinois teacher retirement history ($20,200 a month) was calculated not off earnings as an elementary school teacher in Harvey, but off of earnings as President of the National Education Association (NEA) in Washington DC. Three of the top six largest pensions in municipal retirement fund history went to employees of these non-governmental entities: Illinois Municipal League ($15,076 per month), Park District Risk Management Association ($20,125 per month), Illinois Association of Park Districts ($18,436 per month). All participated in salary spiking to maximize their employee pension.
Challenge Day 5– Nerds that glitter- School treasurers out-earning state treasurer.
Some school district treasurers are making up to 161% more in salary than the state treasurer (Bloom Township, $208,834; Bremen Township, $189,323; Worth Township, $168,611; Calumet/Thornton Townships $192,226). One monthly pension was 131% higher than the salary of the current state treasurer (Worth Township, $14,257)!
What industry associations are rewarding such behavior?
Answer: The Bloom Township treasurer just won the Monarch Award given by the Illinois Association of School Business Officials for excellence in his profession. Quite evidentially, frugality wasn’t a criteria as the Bloom Township 206 superintendent has a salary of $307,471.
Challenge Day 6– Making Hay- the upper end of public service.
From the local units on up to state government, how many public employees have a salary greater than the governor? Where do they work?
Answer: 3062 employees out-earn the governor on base salary. Their total compensation exceeds $1 billion. The job categories most represented are local school administrators, county and village managers (500), judges (600), college/university professors (1350) and government doctors (600).
Stay tuned. Be a part of the transparency revolution!
On September 13th, We open the books.
For The Good of Illinois | CEO
September 8, 2011