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Years ago, public service meant just that... public service. Individuals came to the aid of their local, state, and federal governmental bodies by providing their expertise in any number of areas. But over the years, that has changed.

Nowadays, it seems individuals vie for elected positions in order to line their own pockets first, followed by their definition of public service second... if at all. And never is that more evident than in Illinois, especially at the State level.

Citizen watchdog and political activist Val Zimnicki has been investigating the salaries and other perks Illinois State Senators and State Representatives receive for their so-called public service. In viewing the following table, remember, these are PART TIME jobs!

Job Title

Salary

Other

Total

Notes

State Senator

$57,619

$73,000 (1)

$130,619

(1): These items are listed as Office Expense Allowances, however since  they are no longer noted on the expense ledger, the are difficult to confirm.

State Representative

$57,619

$63,000 (1)

$120,619

 

The above is only the beginning... the base. From there it becomes a fiesta! Start adding the following to your favorite state politician’s base:

 

In The Senate:

Majority and Minority Leader

$23,388

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$23,388

 

Assistant Majority and Minority Leaders

$17,539

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$17,539

There are five of each

Majority and Minority Caucus Chairs

$17,539

---

$17,539

There are two of each

Deputy Minority Caucus Chair

$17,539

---

$17,539

 

Committee Chairs

$8,771

---

$8,771

The Senate has 17 committees

Minority Spokespersons

$8,771

---

$8,771

 

 

In The House:

The House Majority Leader

$19,731

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$19,731

This is in addition to the above $23,388

Deputy Majority and Minority Leaders

$16,810

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$16,810

There are two of each

Assistant Majority Leaders

$15,346

---

$15,346

There are five Assistant Majority Leaders

Assistant Minority Leaders

$15,346

---

$15,346

There are six Assistant Minority Leaders

Republican Conference Chair

$15,345

---

$15,345

 

Committee Chairs

$8,771

---

$8,771

 

Minority Spokespersons

$8,771

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$8,771

 

 

But that’s not all folks! Other perks include $85 per day while in Springfield and God only knows what else. As other payments are uncovered, they’ll be reported here.

 

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