Illinois lawmakers among highest paid in U.S.

Although multi-millionaire Bruce Rauner will not be accepting a salary in his new post as the state’s new governor, other Illinois lawmakers are compensated relatively well compared to their counterparts in other states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Based on the data, Illinois state legislators had the fifth-highest paycheck among state legislators nationwide in 2014, only trailing behind California, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan respectively.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois lawmakers make on average a nearly $68,000 base salary that is increased for leadership positions and committee assignments. The per diem rate is $111.

Illinois taxpayers spend more than $12 million a year for 177 state senators and representatives.

At the lower end of the scale, New Mexico state legislators are not paid an annual salary, while New Hampshire and Utah lawmakers are paid less than $300 a year.

While our lawmakers are quick to compare Illinois minimum wage rates to our neighboring states, they don’t often mention that lawmakers in Indiana learn just over $24,000 a year, and Missouri legislators earn less than $36,000.