The Staggeringly Stupid Six-Figure Problem Tearing Illinois Apart

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.

GLENN: Oh, and some really good news. Especially if you live in Illinois. Illinois is in trouble. It is teetering on junk bond status. So what does that mean? That means the state's about to collapse. Why is it in trouble? Oh, my gosh. We'll show you the stats of Illinois, and we begin there right now.

Open the books.com has done some research. It's on Forbes now. Why Illinois is in trouble.

Well, as they're flirting with junk bond status and the states -- the courts have said "You have to pay all of the pensions" let me tell you about some of the expenses that are not the pensions. These are current expenditures.

Right now, they have 63,000 government employees bringing in six figure and higher salaries. Open the books.com went. Illinois consistently one of the worst offenders. They have an auto pound supervisor in Chicago. Guy who runs the auto pound. Making $144,453. If you want to be a nurse in a prison.

PAT: Wow. Just where they impound vehicles?

GLENN: Uh-huh. Well, he's a manager.

PAT: Wow. That's a good gig.

GLENN: That's only 144,000. How about this? If you're a nurse at a state correctional facility.

JEFFY: Dangerous.

GLENN: You're he didn't up to $254,741. A nurse. Junior college. Junior college presidents making $465,420. There's university doctors -- okay. Remember the nurses were 254. How much are the doctors? University doctors earning $1.6 million and 84 city managers or mayors outearning every single U.S. governor.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: But that's nothing.

JEFFY: They have to do an entire city.

GLENN: They have 20,295 teachers and school administrators that are paid like the superintendent Joyce Carmine 398,229. Park schools district teacher 384 --

PAT: Wait, just for a teacher?

GLENN: Uh-huh.

PAT: A teacher is making $384,000?

GLENN: 20,295 teachers and school administrators. The top five salaries are in the south suburbs and not the affluent north shore. 10,686 rank and file workers in Chicago including 216,200 for rob Emmanuel, 400,000 for Ginger Evans, commissioner of aviation, includes a $100,000 bonus on top of their $400,000 salary. A deputy police chief made 240,917, and that's with 146,860 in overtime. Ramona Perkins.

JEFFY: This is a good gig right here.

GLENN: Pulled down police communications operator. 121,318 and overtime of 196,726.

JEFFY: Almost $200,000 of overtime.

GLENN: Her salary is 121. Her overtime is 196.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: And, by the way, she's a operator -- police communications operator. That's what she's doing.

JEFFY: That's an important job.

GLENN: You have 9,567 college and university employees, including the southern Illinois junior college power couple Dale Chapman and Linda Chapman. The pair combined make $682,000 for working at Louis and Clark community college.

PAT: Doing what? What do they do?

GLENN: I think they run it.

PAT: Okay.

GLENN: I think they run it.

And then you have Fady Sharbell who is making 1.58 million.

PAT: Wait, doing what?

GLENN: These are college and university employers --

PAT: Employees.

GLENN: I'm sorry. Employees.

PAT: 1.58 million?

GLENN: You have Constantine making 1.4 million.

JEFFY: These are the doctors.

GLENN: Universal Illinois, you have 8,640 state of Illinois employees, including a contractual worker at the newly created department of innovation and technology making 258,000. You're going to love this one. If you're a barber in the prison, you make $100,000.

PAT: Well, I mean, I'm sure they give really special haircuts there.

GLENN: Wait, wait, wait. They're very hard.

PAT: And you want the inmates to be stylish; right?

GLENN: You do.

PAT: You want them to look good.

GLENN: So you have $100,000 barber at the prisons making $100,000.

PAT: That's crazy.

GLENN: But you have also at the prisons, the quote teacher of barbering who also makes over $100,000.

PAT: Well, how are the barbers going to know how to cut hair without a barber teacher?

STU: How can a barber barb?

PAT: I'm not usually shocked by this but those are shocking statistics. That is --

GLENN: In total, there is roughly $12 billion in cash compensation flowing to six-figure government workers when counting the 9,031 federal employees based in Illinois.

PAT: And then they're saying why are our finances so bad in this state? How do we go bankrupt?

STU: Well, and it goes even deeper than that because after these people retire with $185,000 salaries, they get pensions based off of those salaries that carry them for the rest of their lives.

PAT: Yeah, they'll get three-fourths or two-thirds of their salary for the rest of their lives. That's a heck of a lot of money.

GLENN: Some Illinois K through 12 schools are spiking salaries and padding pensions. Data reveals nearly 30,000 teachers and administrators earned $100,000 plus. However, 20,295 only -- so 20,295 out of the 30,000 are actually employed. The other 9,305 are retired and receiving their six-figure pension.

This is absolutely unbelievable. And it's not going away because all of them have unions. And so the state is saying "You have to pay the pensions because the unions made the deal with the government. They're still making this pensions. They're still paying those pensions. They're still making new covenants with the guys coming in now saying okay. Yeah, I'm going to pay you $100,000 now. But I'll pay you 196,000 in overtime to get your pension up so you'll have a six-figure pension for the rest of your life. Oh, and you only have to work here 20 years.

STU: Think about how -- we -- a lot of conservatives will say pensions are okay. And a good idea. And, you know, look, you enter into a situation where you -- that's part of the deal, and I honestly understand that. But what they're doing is telling you, you know, I'll pay you Thursday or Tuesday for a hamburger today.

GLENN: I'll pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.

STU: They're just saying we're not going to pay you what you're worth now. What we're going to do is send this out over a long, long period of time so you get paid for a lot of years that you do nothing.

That is not a good philosophy.

The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

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