Lawmakers likely to let J.B. Pritzker give agency heads 15% pay raises, replace Illinois Tollway board members

It’s still a week before Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker takes over for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, but lawmakers started giving him a little help Monday, advancing legislation that would allow him to pay state agency directors more money and oust members of the Illinois Tollway board.

One proposal an Illinois House committee advanced would let Pritzker pay new agency heads 15 percent more.

Supporters contend Illinois trails other big states in the salaries it offers for big jobs. The heads of the state Department of Corrections and Department of Transportation, for example, make about $150,000 per year.

“Many critical positions — including those that protect our safety and security — no longer have competitive salaries, and we are moving to bring them in line with their peers around the country to attract talent,” Pritzker spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh said in a statement.

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January 7, 2019 at 06:01PM

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