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Illinois agencies cover half the pay for Gov. Rauner’s staff

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Illinois agencies cover half the pay for Gov. Rauner’s staff

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner promised a leaner and more transparent administration. But the Republican is rigorously following his predecessors’ practice of paying staff members from other departments. An Associated Press analysis shows half the salaries – about $4 million a year – for people who do work for the governor’s office comes […]

Illinois agencies cover half the pay for Gov. Rauner’s staff

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner promised a leaner and more transparent administration. But the Republican is rigorously following his predecessors’ practice of paying staff members from other departments.

An Associated Press analysis shows half the salaries – about $4 million a year – for people who do work for the governor’s office comes from other agencies.¬†Critics like Democratic Rep. John Bradley of Marion say the practice allows a governor to “off-shore” salaries to other sources.

AP’s analysis showed about 90 people listed as governor’s employees making $7.8 million. Half that money comes from at least 18 other agencies.

The Rauner administration says it’s only $3 million – less than former Gov. Pat Quinn’s off-shoring. And aides to the Republican say employees paid by other agencies do work for those agencies.

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