The Better Government Association has two fascinating databases. The Payroll database enables you to search the public payrolls throughout Illinois. The Pension database gives you access to Illinois public retired employees pensions.
If you’re interested in government it’s fascinating to see what our taxpayer-funded employees and retirees are getting paid. And remember various estimates put our unfunded pension liabilities at anywhere from $20 billion for the City of Chicago to $111 billion for the State of Illinois.
As a taxpayer it’s all very interesting. Start saving your cash. One way or another we will have to pay for all of this whether it’s through increased sales tax, booze tax, property tax or income tax. Somethings got to give. Cheers!