SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – A public salary should not be a road to riches, according to State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero). He has commissioned a report of more than 1,000 state employees — mostly judges, professors, and university administrators – whose salaries exceed that of the governor $177,411.96.
Taking particular aim at the college crowd, Sandoval says the state university system has lost its way, focusing only on wealthy Illinoisans and out-of-state students.
University of Illinois spokesman Tom Hardy describes a competitive atmosphere in which the U. of I. is trying to hold onto the best faculty to remain a world-class university.
Retorts Sandoval: “I want a state-class university.”
Sandoval’s hoping the report, which he asked the Legislative Research Unit to prepare, puts pressure on his fellow lawmakers to do something about the salaries.
The highest-paid people in the report all made $600,000 in base salary in the 12 months ending June 30, 2010: SIU School of Medicine professors Khaled Saleh and Russell Yang; and University of Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther. Circuit judges are paid about $178,000.
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