Six percent of state workers in four-county area made more than $100K in 2013

Posted: Jul. 29, 2014 10:45 am Updated: Aug. 19, 2014 11:15 am

By MATT HOPFHerald-Whig Staff Writer

A published report has found that more than 10 percent of Illinois government employees made more than $100,000 in 2013, an increase of 1,600 employees from a year earlier.

In Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike counties, that figure drops to 6 percent.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reported Monday that 7,800 state employees topped $100,000 in salary last year. They received a total of $966 million, or about 21 percent of the state payroll.

In the four-county West-Central Illinois region, 88 of 1,456 state workers are members of the $100,000 club.

Sixty-seven of the 88 state employees come from one of four departments -- the Department of Corrections (23), Department of Veterans Affairs (19), the Illinois State Police (14) or circuit court judges (11).

Adams County has 47 of 813 county employees (5.78 percent) making more than $100,000. Those 47 people receive 13.4 percent of the county's $43.7 million payroll.

Hancock County has only 116 county employees, but 11 of them (9.48 percent) make more than $100,000.

Seven of the nine highest-paid employees in Adams County are circuit court judges (four of them make $183,265 annually) or associate circuit court judges (three of them make $174,102 annually). Judicial salaries are set by the state.

Area workers that made more than $100,000 cost the state $10.888 million or 13.8 percent of a $79 million payroll.

Judges are the highest paid employees in Pike County and Brown County. Judge Frank McCartney made $182,284 in Pike County, and Judge Diane Lagoski made $183,265 in Brown County.

The highest nonjudicial salary in Pike County is Roy Sydney, a correctional lieutenant with the Department of Corrections, who made $135,299 in 2013. William McQuigg, another correctional lieutenant who made $133,856, has the highest nonjudicial salary in Brown County.

The highest salary of a government employee in Adams County belongs to Dr. David Hirstius, a physician at the Illinois Veterans Home, who made $194,353 last year. Tim Mapes, chief of staff for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, is the highest paid employee in Hancock County, making $191,603 in 2013.

The State Journal-Register reported that overtime and back-wage payouts were responsible for many of the larger salaries. However, Anders Lindall of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union says compensation figures are skewed. He says staff shortages are causing overtime and back wages wouldn't pump up salaries had they been paid on time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.