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.

Frank Conklin, Illinois Political Columnist for The Chicago Times.  Views and comments expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the official position of The Chicago Times.