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Who Says Illinois is Broke? Ridiculous Salaries and Pensions for Illinois Municipal Employees

For the Good of Illinois 28 January 2015 No Comment

52 Village and City Managers Out-earn Every Governor of the 50 States. In Illinois, the top honors go to administrators of fairly small towns.  The top five highest pensionable salaries are Lawrence Hileman ($292,124)- City of Glenview (pop 45,417), Michael Ellis ($258,381)- Village of Grayslake (pop 21,101), Richard Nahrstadt ($251,918)- Village of Northbrook (pop 33,170), Michael Janonis ($241,852)- Village of Mt. Prospect (pop. 54,505), and Christopher Stephens ($240,000)- Village of  Rosemont (pop 4,202).

Rounding out the top ten are Reid Otteson ($231,347)- Village of Palatine, Michael Cassady ($228,234)- Village of Bensonville, Robert Bahan ($222,436)- Village of Winnetka, Brian Townsend ($220,342)- Village of Schaumburg, and John Daly ($220,290)- Village of Orland Hills.

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It’s not just the managers. City attorneys, utility managers, and even human resource directors are getting in on the salary spiking to pad their pensions.  For example, City of Bloomington, Human Resource Director Emily Bell retired with a final year pensionable salary of $252,219. Over the last four years, her salary averaged $122,500, but because of her lucrative last year, Bell will retire on a lifetime pension that will rival her highest active salary.

Read more at Forbes

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