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updated: 6/29/2011 11:00 AM

State legislators' stipends cost taxpayers $1.7 million

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  • Illinois lawmakers get stipends for chairing the legislature's numerous committees. Those stipents cost Illinois taxpayers an extra $1.7 million -- the second-highest in the nation behind New York, which will pay out $2.5 million in leadership stipends to lawmakers this year.

      Illinois lawmakers get stipends for chairing the legislature's numerous committees. Those stipents cost Illinois taxpayers an extra $1.7 million -- the second-highest in the nation behind New York, which will pay out $2.5 million in leadership stipends to lawmakers this year.
    Associated Press/File

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  • Legislative salaries

    Graphic: Legislative salaries

 
 

Just 41 illinois lawmakers make the base salary of $64,716 a year for their work in springfield. the other 136 will get added stipends that cost illinois taxpayers an extra $1.7 million a year -- the second-highest in the nation behind new york.

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