“Cut my pay,” said nobody, ever. Check that – a state lawmaker suggests before we hear all the financial specifics the governor is waiting to unleash upon Illinois, the legislature should start by cutting the salaries of lawmakers and the state’s constitutional officers by 10 percent. “It’s essential that we lead by example,” says State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills), who is also proposing the state abolish the office of the lieutenant governor.
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Now, the base pay for lawmakers is $67,836. They earn more for committee assignments and leadership positions, and McSweeney wants a 10 percent cut in those stipends, too.
The governor has said he’ll take only $1 salary while in office. For those wishing to claim 100 percent at that pay grade, it’s $179,400. The attorney general and secretary of state make $158,300, and the comptroller and treasurer make $137,200.