The Spin: Illinois’ billionaire Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker won’t take annual state salary

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Billionaire Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker, who pumped a record $171.5 million of his personal fortune into his winning campaign for Illinois governor — will forgo his state salary, his staff said.

Considering state government’s annual spending is nearly $38.5 billion, the $177,412 annual salary Illinois pays its governors is a drop in the bucket. But the Hyatt hotel heir takes office next year facing steep financial challenges — the state’s sitting on at least $7.5 billion in unpaid bills — and refusing a salary sends a message to lawmakers and voters as he starts addressing them.

Pritzker’s staff didn’t make him available to comment.

Outgoing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, a wealthy former private equity investor from Winnetka, also has not taken his state salary during his lone term.

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November 15, 2018 at 01:00PM

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