Illinois House Approves 18% Pay Hike for Lawmakers

By Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times

January 09, 2023

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois House of Representatives voted to give lawmakers an 18% pay raise over the weekend.

As the lame-duck session came to a close, the House approved a $12,904 annual increase in base pay for members of the House and Senate. To top the icing on the salary cake, members also included at least $12,000 or more as stipends.  For those that don’t know, Illinois legislators are considered part-time employees.  According to the Illinois Policy Institute, Illinois lawmakers are already the fourth-highest paid in the nation.

The Illinois House passed the bill 63-35 with about 20 members absent.  The pay raise will be added to an annual 2.4% cost-of-living increase voted into law in 2019.  The pay raise bill will need approval by the Illinois Senate and Governor J.B. Pritzker.