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Illinois State Government Boards: $100K A Year for 1 Meeting a Month

Chicago Daily Observer 23 May 2011 No Comment

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch

The March 17 monthly meeting of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board began at 10 a.m. in Springfield.

Their effective pay for that 76-minute meeting was about $7,800 each.
Four of the board members are paid $93,926 a year, with the chairwoman getting $104,358 for a job that generally entails one meeting per month, usually for one to two hours.

How do you get a gig like that? Technically, you just have to be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. But the members of the educational labor board aren’t what you’d call typical citizens.

One is married to a state senator. One is an ex-Springfield lobbyist. One is an ex-legislative staffer. One is an ex-gubernatorial aide.
The board is one of more than 320 in the state’s executive branch, where unelected appointees preside over governmental decisions from utility rates to pollution control to property tax appeals. Some 30 of the boards offer payment for members ranging from a few hundred dollars per meeting to five or six figures a year, records show. Salaried board members also get state pensions.

Read more at the St. Louis Post Dispatch

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