Illinois is $15 billion in debt — and trying to borrow more money to get out of the hole. The state has been threatened with a downgrade to junk bond status by credit rating agencies after two years of spending without a state budget.
Wednesday on radio, Glenn listed examples of the state’s reckless spending on salaries:
• Chicago auto pound supervisor: $144,453
• State correctional facility nurse: $254,741
• Junior college president: $465,420
• University doctors: $1.6 million
• Deputy police chief: $240,917 (with overtime)
• School superintendent: $398,229
“You’re going to love this one. If you’re a barber in the prison, you make $100,000,” Glenn said.
“Well, I mean, I’m sure they give really special haircuts,” Co-host Pat Gray joked.
There are thousands and thousands of people on the government payroll in Illinois:
• 20,295 teachers and school administrators
• 10,676 rank-and-file workers and managers in Chicago alone
• 9,567 college and university employees
• 8,640 State of Illinois employees
• 8,817 small town city and village employees, including 84 municipal managers out-earning every U.S. governor.
Additionally, overtime is a huge expense for the Prairie State. In 2016, Chicago alone paid $283 million in overtime to 1,000 employees, making an extra $40,000 each on top of salaries. Altogether, Illinois directs around $12 billion in cash compensation to six-figure government workers, including federal employees.