Why is Illinois in so much trouble financially? This is a big part of it.
One knows something is very wrong when the private sector appears to be working for the government employees.
If government employees generally are doing better than the average person in the private sector that is a good indicator that crony parasites are starting to kill their host.
Overall, 71,000 public employees at every level of Illinois government received six-figure paychecks. Additionally, 23,000 retirees pulled down more than $100,000 in annual pensions.