Billionaire J.B. Pritzker to double key staff salaries out of his own pocket

Billionaire Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker will double the salaries of some of his key staffers — including his three deputy governors — out of his own pockets, his transition team announced just days ahead of inauguration.

East Jackson Street LLC was created so that Pritzker could personally compensate some of his staff, in addition to their government salary. Pritzker is doing so “with the goal of attracting and retaining top talent.”

“The governor-elect is committed to recruiting top talent to state government to best address the challenges Illinois faces,” Pritzker spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh said in a statement. “As a result, an LLC has been created that will enable the governor-elect to personally compensate some staff in addition to their government salary.”

The double salary will be apply to Pritzker’s chief of staff Anne Caprara, his three deputy governors Dan Hynes, Christian Mitchell and Jesse Ruiz and their special assistants, deputy chiefs of staff and other high-level employees. It will apply to 20 positions, including some that have not been filled.

Caprara, who served as Pritzker’s campaign manager, will receive a state salary of $148,000 and $150,000 from the LLC, making her salary $298,000.

The deputy governors will make $278,000: $139,000 each from the state and the LLC. Senior adviser Nikki Budzinski will make the same.

His deputy chiefs of staff, including Emily Bittner, who will run his communications staff, will make $174,000 and Abudayyeh, his press secretary, will have her state salary of $75,000 doubled to $150,000.

Pritzker’s team likened the doubling to that of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Staff who receive the additional pay will be required to publicly report it in line with other public disclosures.


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via Chicago – Chicago Sun-Times

January 11, 2019 at 09:53AM

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