ROGER EDDY TOTAL COMPENSATION: $289,078 plus
Updated February 14, 2012
Roger Eddy is a poster boy example of Illinois public greed. We are confident that Roger Eddy’s total compensation will exceed $300,000 per year- when our Freedom of Information Act Request regarding Roger Eddy’s taxpayer funded health insurance as a state rep is fullfilled. We’ve called on Eddy to release the number, he refuses to do so. UPDATE: State of Illinois rejects request saying that the citizens DON’T have a right to know what the state is paying for the Eddy family health coverage, click here to read.
With two base salaries equaling $181,969; Roger Eddy outearns every governor of the 50 states. Source: The Book of States 2010.
As Hutsonville Superintendent, Roger Eddy has a $107,400 salary. Please review his 2011-2012 contract, click here. He is required to “work” only 171 days per year. From the contract, a “working day” can be a weekend or even a holiday. But, Eddy is given additional flexibility. By excising his contractual right to 20 vacation days, 19 sick days, and 4 personal days, Eddy could be “on-the-job” only 132 days a year.
In February, the Hutsonville School District released Superintendent Roger Eddy’s accumulated unused sick day “bank account” posted at www.forthegoodofillinoispac.com. According to the school district, last year Eddy didn’t use any of his 15 sick days or 3 of his personal days. His contract allows unused personal days to accumulate as unused sick days. Therefore, last year 18 unused sick days were accumulated in Roger Eddy’s sick day “bank account”. Here is the stunning part: Roger Eddy has accumulated 417 days in his “bank”. Per his contract, Eddy’s “working year” is only 171 days. Click here to see the Hutsonville school district response.
Eddy’s Illinois state taxpayer funded portion of his Teachers Retirement (TRS) payment was 22.4% of his pensionable salary in 2011. This amounted to $24,058. Confirmed in an email from TRS, teachers and administrators pay 9.4% of their pay, local districts pay .5% and state taxpayers pay 22.4%.
According to data from www.openthebooks.com and confirmed with the State Comptroller’s Office, in 2010 Roger Eddy made salary and leadership bonuses totally $74,569 as a Republican state representative. As 2011 numbers are published, we will update our analysis.
In addition, he received a per diem of $7,909 for food and lodging during legislative days and a $2,733 mileage reimbursement to cover commuting costs from his home to the capitol. These perquisites total $10,642, click here. Putting this in perspective, the SALARY of a Texas state representative is $7,400 per year. Just Eddy’s state rep PERKS are 140% of the SALARY of a Texas rep.
Eddy’s Illinois state taxpayer funded portion of his legislative pension, General Assembly Retirement System (GARS) was 82% of his pensionable earnings. As Illinois pension expert Bill Zettler has pointed out, this sum amounted to $61,147. COGFA confirms the 82.25% number.
Pension reform needs to start with our elected leaders.
Typically, a public official’s response to our published compensation numbers will be, “it’s all legal… this is the system… you can’t fault me, this is just the way things are in Illinois.”
They will also look you in the eye and justify every dime.
And, that’s exactly the problem.
Notice: Our compensation analysis could vary by plus or minus five percent, which is a statistically insignificant variation. We welcome updates and feedback. If any changes occur, we will update this post with publically sourced facts.
To review the original freedom of information act requests, please click here.
For the past 30 years, Roger Eddy has served in public education. Beginning as a teacher and coach, he has lived his American Dream.
For the past 16 years, Eddy has been the superintendent of rural Hutsonville School District Unit 1. For the past 9 years (2003), Eddy has also been an elected Republican State Representative. The median Hutsonville household income is $32,500. Located four hours south of Chicago, it’s situated in the Wabash River Valley of East-Central Illinois.