Illinois state government salary

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Illinois state government salaries for public employees are made public online for many public workers on the Illinois Transparency and Accountability portal.[1] Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill that requires the Department of Central Management Services to create a website with information regarding state expenditures, tax credits, state employee salaries and state contracts.[2]

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Illinois and local governments in the state employed a total of 790,539 people.[3] Of those employees, 566,872 were full-time employees receiving net wages of $2,491,829,151 per month and 233,667 were part-time employees paid $212,405,146 per month.[3] Sixty percent of those employees, or 450,443 employees, were in education or higher education.[3]

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Illinois state legislators made $67,836 per year.[4] As of 2012, legislators also received a per diem of $111 per day, plus mileage tied to federal rate.[5]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
Illinois state executive salaries[6]
Office 2012 salary Current official
Governor $179,400[7] Patrick Quinn
Lieutenant Governor $137,200 Sheila Simon
Secretary of State $158,300 Jesse White
Attorney General $158,300 Lisa Madigan
Treasurer $137,200 Dan Rutherford
Comptroller $137,200 Judy Baar Topinka

As of 2009, the salary of Illinois's governor ranked 9th among U.S. governors' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. governors was $131,115.

Campaign funds

Prior to 1998, public officials who chose not to run were allowed to keep their campaign funds for personal use. Then-Mayor Daley was eligible to keep $1.5 million, and 50 other aldermen were eligible to collect funds in 2010.[8]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
Illinois judicial salaries[9]
Position 2011 salary Current justice
Chief Justice $209,344 Thomas Kilbride
Associate Justice $209,344 Robert Thomas
Associate Justice $209,344 Charles Freeman
Associate Justice $209,344 Rita Garman
Associate Justice $209,344 Lloyd Karmeier
Associate Justice $209,344 Anne Burke
Associate Justice $209,344 Mary Jane Theis

As of 2010, the salary of Illinois's chief justice ranked 2nd among U.S. chief justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $157,220. The median salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $154,250.

As of 2010, the salary of Illinois's associate justices ranked 2nd among U.S. associate justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. associate justices was $151,918. The median salary earned by U.S. associate justices was $148,245.[9]

Salary transparency

Governor Quinn signed the bill that created the “Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal,” a piece of transparency legislation that Americans for Prosperity and State Representative Michael Tryon (R – Crystal Lake) spearheaded. The bill, House Bill 35, which created the Illinois Accountability Portal, required the Department of Central Management Services to create a transparent website with information regarding state expenditures, tax credits, state employee salaries and state contracts.[10] As of 2009, the only high-ranking state official listed on the site was Gov. Quinn; other state employees, including Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Secretary of State Jesse White and legislators were not included.[11] Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has launched a site listing all lawmaker salaries.[12]

Public employee salaries are going to be viewable on the state’s Transparency and Accountability Portal now that Gov. Quinn has signed H.B. 222 into law. The law applies to public employees in county, municipal and township governments.[13]

State Last updated Database Information available Sponsoring group
Illinois 2011 State of Illinois Transparency and Accountability Employee gross pay details for 2011 by agency, name, or position ITAP
Illinois 2010 Teacher & Administrator Salary Database Databases of 2010 salaries for public school teachers. Family Taxpayers Foundation
Illinois 2010 Illinois State Salaries Searchable database of 2010 salary information for over 78,000 state of Illinois employees
Illinois 2010 Alton, Illinois city employee pay Searchable database of 234 public employees 2010 salaries paid through taxpayer funds and the City of Alton, Illinois
Illinois 2009 Top 100 Paid Teachers (dead link) Illinois School Board of Education Teacher's Service Record
Illinois 2009 University of Illinois System Salaries Searchable database of University of Illinois employee salaries for 2009 Special Reports
Illinois 2008 University of Illinois Salary List 2008-2009 A 2008-2009 list of the salaries of employees of the University of Illinois.
Illinois 2008 State universities of Illinois salaries 2008 Salaries for the other eight state universities in Illinois from 2008
Illinois 2007 Administration and Teacher Salaries Salaries and pensions for administrators and teachers and some government officials
Illinois Public workers, public salaries Databases of local Missouri and Illinois public employees, including city and county, fire department, universities, and schools
Illinois Cook County Employees Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica
Illinois Selected public payrolls (dead link) Includes salaries of employees of several state agencies, municipalities, and counties. Better Government Association
Illinois Chicago Sun-Times Data Lounge Pay-for data service. The Chicago Sun Times
Illinois 2011 Illinois Comptroller State lawmakers salaries Illinois Comptroller
Illinois 2012 Chicago Open Data Current Employee Names, Salaries, and Position Titles Chicago Mayor

Local government employees

See also: Illinois local government salary

In 2011, Sunshine Review requested salary information from 19 local governments in the state.

Teacher salaries

Illinois teacher salaries are funded through a combination of state funds and local property taxes.

Teacher salaries[14]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$33,962 $61,344

Illinois teachers, with the exception of those who teach in Chicago, participate in the Teachers Retirement System. Currently, teachers pay about 9.4 percent of their salaries into the Teachers Retirement System, which the state matches, with districts paying less than 1 percent. Chicago teachers have a separate retirement plan.[15] Even though Illinois was expected to put $2.4 billion into the Teachers Retirement System in 2012, that system still accounts for more than half of the state’s estimated $83 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.[16]



Employees of the State of Illinois received 12 paid vacation days in 2010:[17]

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Lincoln's Birthday
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Election Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day


Health insurance

Eligible employees choose to enroll in either an HMO or Open Access Plan.[18] Health insurance includes prescription and behavioral health coverage[18]

Dental insurance

Employees may opt for dental insurance.[18]


See also: Illinois public pensions

The state legislature passed bills to scale back pension benefits expected to save $100 billion over several decades, according to legislators, who passed the bill in one day in March 2010.[19][20] Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill into law on April 13, 2010.[20] Gov. Quinn estimated the state could reduce the amount of money owed in the new budget year by $400 million. The law addressed retirement costs for a wide variety of public employees, including teachers, lawmakers and many public servants throughout state government, universities, cities, counties and park districts.[20] Highlights included:

  • Increasing the general retirement age to 67 from 62 or lower in many cases
  • New employees will have to work at least 10 years and wait until 67, though a smaller benefit will be available for those who choose to start taking pension checks at age 62
  • Limit the salary level on which pension benefits are based to no more than $106,800 a year
  • Prohibits new public employees from getting a pension from one government job while collecting a salary from another

Other benefits

State employees also have the option of participating in the following programs utilizing pre-tax dollars:[21]

  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Deferred compensation
  • Commuter Savings Program


The Quinn administration terminated the contract between the state of Illinois and its largest public employee union. State officials informed leaders of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees there will be no additional extensions of a contract covering 40,000 workers that expired in June 2012. Officials said after extending the contract three times union negotiators hadn't made proposals dealing with retirement and health care and continued to seek a pay raise despite the state's troubled finances.[22]

A memo sent to department heads from the governor’s office outlined that the move meant none of the raises that were included in the old contract would be paid and any workplace grievances would not be acted upon. The administration dropped its demands for workers to take salary cuts. AFSCME offered to take a pay freeze for the first year of the contract. The administration wanted further cuts in health insurance benefits.[23]

External links


  1. State of Illinois Transparency and Accountability
  2. State of Illinois Transparency and Accountability Website
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 2008 Illinois Public Employment U.S. Census Data
  4. National Conference of State Legislators 2010 Legislator Compensation Data
  5. NCSL, 2012 Compensation Data," accessed June12, 2012
  6. [1]
  7. The Council of State Governments The Book of States 2010 Table 4.3
  8. Chicago Sun Times, Retiring could pay for aldermen, Oct. 18, 2010
  9. 9.0 9.1 The National Center for State Courts, "Judicial Salary Resource Center" as of Jan. 1, 2010
  10. State of Illinois Transparency and Accountability Website
  11. State Journal Register "State worker salary site lacks prominent officials" Aug. 18, 2009
  12. Morris Daily Herald, Transparency website breaks new ground, April 12, 2012
  13. Northwest Herald, Quinn signs transparency bills into law, July 10, 2012
  14. [2011-01-01T00%3A00%3A00Z%20TO%202012-01-01T00%3A00%3A00Z
  15. The Southern, Think tank: Districts should pay share of teachers’ pension funding, May 7, 2012
  16. Chicago Tribune, Inquiring minds want to know about teacher pensions and Quinn's reforms, April 26, 2012
  17. State Holidays
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Benefit Plans - Health
  19. The Wall Street Journal "States Skip Pension Payments, Delay Day of Reckoning" April 9, 2010
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Chicago Tribune "Quinn signs bill to cut state pension costs" April 13, 2010
  21. Benefit Information
  22. WIFR, Illinois Terminates Contract with AFSCME, Nov. 20, 2012
  23. Bloomington Pantagraph, AFSCME calls Quinn’s termination of contract a ‘slap in the face, Nov. 21, 2012