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School pay raises trigger Illinois penalties

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Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 paid nearly half a million dollars in penalties to the state last year for awarding some employees raises higher than 6 percent in their final year before retirement, triggering higher pension costs.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Elgin Area School District U-46 paid $154,360 in state penalties for boosting some employees' annual raises above 6 percent in their final year before retirement, triggering higher pension costs.

BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

Elgin Area School District U-46 paid $154,360 in state penalties for boosting some employees' annual raises above 6 percent in their final year before retirement, triggering higher pension costs.

BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

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Seven years after Illinois lawmakers passed a law intended to curtail big pension-boosting pay hikes for retiring educators, some local school districts still are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in penalties to the state for giving such raises. Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 paid nearly half a million dollars in penalties to the state in the 2011-2012 school year.
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    • Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 paid nearly half a million dollars in penalties to the state last year for awarding some employees raises higher than 6 percent in their final year before retirement, triggering higher pension costs.
    •  Elgin Area School District U-46 paid $154,360 in state penalties for boosting some employees’ annual raises above 6 percent in their final year before retirement, triggering higher pension costs.
    •  Elgin Area School District U-46 paid $154,360 in state penalties for boosting some employees’ annual raises above 6 percent in their final year before retirement, triggering higher pension costs.
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