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UrKidsWillPay - Updated Illinois public employee compensation, pension reports - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
You can actually look at the Public School retirement on there its just in a separate section. Some pretty large numbers in that one to be sure. $17,000 per month ain't bad if you can get for watching the price is right in your underwear but that is what the system calls for that we as taxpayers allowed to be put in place. There is also one person on there that has been retired since 1973!!!!
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WOW - you need to start running mug shots through photo shop before you post - SCARY. Please don't tell me you already did - that would be even SCARIER. .
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Has The Deuce thought about moseying down to City Hall to examine the health insurance plan documents to familiarize himself on the matter at hand? Will The Deuce be one week smarter (on this subject) after the seven-day delay? Is The Deuce still waiting for his marching orders from the affected unions? Ah, but keep in mind that patience is a virtue so we must go easy on The Deuce while we breathlessly…
UrKidsWillPay - Updated Illinois public employee compensation, pension reports - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
You want to see something interesting take a look at the workers compensation section. It will give you the whole sate but you can filter to just Quincy. Interesting if you sort it by dollar value descending you will see Mark Fuqua "Fell" at work and got $107,000 in 2011 and by mere coincidence Deborah Fuqua "fell" at work and got $100,000 in 2007. Things that make you go hmmmm.....
UrKidsWillPay - Updated Illinois public employee compensation, pension reports - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Its not that hard once you sign up to do the filter yourself. Look for Adams County, City of Quincy, Quincy School District and Quincy Park District.

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7 months, 3 weeks ago Brian Mackey, wuis.org

Base salary for an Illinois General Assembly member is $67,836

From Brian Mackey, wuis.org:

A state senator and candidate for higher office on Thursday sought some attention for giving up a portion of his pay. This comes after Illinois lawmakers — for the first time in years — did not vote to symbolically cut their own pay. This form of salary self-denial has become popular in Illinois, but its roots are much deeper than that.

The base salary for a member of the Illinois General Assembly is $67,836 a year.

During the Great Recession, when Illinois’ finances were tanking, lawmakers decided to give some of that back.

They passed a law requiring themselves to take unpaid furlough days, one a month, which reduced annual salaries by a bit less than five percent.

This went on for five years. Then, something changed last summer.

“The legislators should not get paid until they enact comprehensive, public pension reform," said Gov. Pat Quinn, who vetoed the money for legislators’ salaries out of the budget, trying to get them to pass a pension overhaul.

The Democratic leaders of the House and Senate sued the governor and won. Cut to this year, and a spokeswoman for the Senate president says having just argued it was unconstitutional for the governor to cut legislative pay, it would be just as unconstitutional for lawmakers to do it to themselves. Hence there was no vote this year on taking those furlough days.

This does not sit well with Rep. Dwight Kay, a Republican from Glen Carbon.

“The state’s broke," Kay says. "We can’t fund our schools. We can’t take care of the most needy. We can’t provide opportunity. So why in the world should we reward ourselves for doing bad work."

Kay points to the fact that Illinois legislators are among the best paid in the country. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only California, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan have higher base salaries. But other states are way, way lower, like New Hampshire, where a two-year term will net you a cool $200.

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