Sunday, December 02, 2012

Finke: Illinois lawmakers are among best paid - Peoria, IL -

I’d add best paid and worst performing lawmakers too.  Great column buy Doug Finke and Illinois’s lawmakers compensation system including this gem from Madigan and Cullerton on the bonus for LEADERSHP which seems sorely lacking.

Additional money for lawmakers in leadership posts didn't start in Illinois until 1967. At the time, nine leaders got additional compensation, the most going to the top posts in each chamber - House Speaker and House Minority Leader, Senate President and Senate Minority Leader.

The number of paid leadership posts gradually has increased. There are now 21 paid leadership posts in the House and 15 in the Senate.

Both Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, believe the increasing complexity of the legislative process justifies having more leadership positions.

"As the legislative process has become more complex, those in leadership have a greater responsibility to shape public policy and educate the rank-and-file on a wide range of policies and implications," said Cullerton spokeswoman Rikeesha Phelon.

Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said, "If anything, the complexity of some of the issues that come up probably has grown. You hopefully have people who have cultivated an interest and knowledge in those areas."

Finke: Illinois lawmakers are among best paid - Peoria, IL -

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