Illinois House OKs pay hike for Pritzker cabinet


    Photo via Pritzker's campaign

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)

    The incoming Illinois governor would be able to offer his cabinet members 15 percent more in salary under a plan that the House has approved.

    The House voted 68-37 Tuesday to increase annual pay for the director of prisons, the transportation secretary and the directors of other agencies governing human services, health care, the environment and more.

    Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker says Illinois salaries for agency directors and assistant directors aren't competitive. The legislation would increase the highest salaries to $172,500 from $150,000.

    Critics complained that nonunion middle managers have dealt with salary freezes for 15 or more years. They say the state can't afford higher pay when there's a $130 billion hole in what the state owes to its pension systems.

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