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Report: It pays to be an Illinois lawmaker

Jul 28, 2016

Illinois lawmakers are making full-time money for part-time work, according to a report from the Illinois Policy Institute.

Lawmakers cost taxpayers an average of more than $100,000 each every year, after benefits and taxpayer contributions to lawmakers’ flailing pension fund are factored in.

The report comes at a time when Illinois faces budget crises. Lawmakers failed to pass a budget for the 2016 fiscal year and could barely manage a six-month stopgap measure for 2017. The state faces a backlog of $7.8 billion in unpaid bills.

“What are they costing taxpayers, and what kind of job are they doing?” asked Ted Dabrowski,…

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