State News
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Fri April 26, 2013

Gov. Quinn's salary increases

Governor Pat Quinn's tax returns show he made more money last year but he gave less to charity than he did in 2011. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports.

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  Governor Pat Quinn's making more money, now that state employees and officials are no longer taking furlough days. Quinn took home a salary last year of $177,412. That's nearly $5000 more pay than he earned a year earlier when he was also governor. The Comptroller's office says that's because in 2011 Quinn had to take unpaid days off. 

 Quinn had issued an executive order requiring non-unionized workers take furlough days as a way to help ease the state's deficit. At the time he said "unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures."

Illinois' budget is still struggling but Quinn hasn't issued a furlough order since then. The governor's latest tax returns also show he gave $7500 to charity. That's about $4000 less than he gave in 2011. In a press release the governor's office lists Quinn's salary as about $160,000 but that's after pre-tax deductions.