A new report featured in Forbes Magazine found 72 city managers of relatively small municipalities in Illinois are paid more than the governors of every state.
Open the Books' annual "Big Dogs" salary report on local government looks not only at city or village managers, but also employees of water districts, park districts, forest preserves and counties, to name a few.
Forbes contributor and founder of OpenTheBooks.com, Adam Andrzejewski, says the results of this year's report are the "most jaw-dropping ever."
From the report:
At a time when many are complaining about Washington, D.C., our data shows that states and local units of government need a lot more scrutiny. That's especially true in Illinois where corruption is our number one manufactured product.
In Illinois, 72 small-town city and village managers out-earn every governor of the 50 states. Another 111 local employees of water districts, airport districts, park districts, counties, forest preserves, mass transit districts, health clinics and planning districts also earn more than the 50 governors ($180,000).
Here are the Top 10 city and village managers in Illinois with the highest pensionable salaries in 2015, according to Andrzejewski.