Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » C’mon, man
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
C’mon, man

Monday, Dec 22, 2014

* There are those who believe that Treasurer Dan Rutherford believes he will run for something else in the future. Stories like this one, however, aren’t gonna help

More than 25 nonunion employees in state Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s office got pay increases ranging from 8 percent to 36 percent over the past year.

Rutherford’s office also awarded $88,966 in one-time payments to 35 nonunion employees on Oct. 31. Most were less than $3,000, but former chief of staff Kyle Ham, whose base salary was $125,004, received a $10,000 extra payment. Ham started a new job Dec. 15 as chief executive officer of Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council. […]

Among employees who didn’t get raises in the past year but who did get one-time payments were Curt Conrad of Springfield, deputy chief of staff, who makes $99,996 annually and got an $8,000 payment, and Bridget Byron of Chicago, chief investment officer. She is paid $114,996 annually and got a $9,200 payment.

His office claims the bonuses and pay hikes were based on “performance … job duty changes and more responsibility.” But some of those folks worked on his campaign.

* And what happened with the union workers this year?

Prochaska said AFSCME Council 31 represents about 30 workers in the treasurer’s unclaimed property division. The new three-year contract is retroactive to July 1, 2012. Members received lump-sums equivalent to 2.1 percent of salary for each of the first two years and 1.75 percent raises as of July 1. With changes in cost for medical coverage, the members at the treasurer’s office “about break even,” he said.

“They would not give these huge increases to management while they were at the bargaining table with us (saying) our request for 2 percent wage increases would not be fiscally responsible,” Prochaska said. “This was this administration’s final opportunity to profiteer off of state government on their way out the door, while the dedicated state employees who have and will continue to perform the actual work serving the public are left behind, literally and financially.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 11:30 am:

    I’m sure that undisclosed, taxpayers paid, internal investigative report would clear up all these “bonuses” and such.

    @FakeRutherfordDan - I like sunshine as long as I stay in the shade #ShadyWayToRunAnOffice

  2. - William j Kelly - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 11:31 am:

    As JBT used to say, ‘turn about is fair play.’

  3. - James the Intolerant - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 11:32 am:

    I work for a public agency and three upper level staffers just got 15% increases at a time when they are already telling us how bad the FY16 (June) budget is going to be, sheesh.

  4. - Knome Sane - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 11:38 am:

    “There ain’t no right way to do the wrong thing.”

  5. - A guy... - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 11:41 am:

    In the words of one of our most respected contemporary philosophers:


  6. - nonunion employee - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 11:54 am:

    When was the last time non union employees received a raise?
    For most with no power / connection about 10 years
    The bigger story should be _ the union raises
    over the same timeperiod; A staff employee should not make more than a supervisor simply because they are alive for another year. This story is smoke and mirrors covering up that

  7. - x-pol - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 11:56 am:

    “hush” money

  8. - Under Influenced - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 11:56 am:

    Dan Dan the patronage man.

  9. - chi - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 12:01 pm:

    =A staff employee should not make more than a supervisor simply because they are alive for another year.=

    They make more because:
    1. They are alive; AND
    2. They collectively bargain their wages. More proof that collective bargaining is good for the middle class.

  10. - Skeptic - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 12:12 pm:

    “When was the last time non union employees received a raise?” While a valid question, I also have to ask how many of them will still have their jobs on Jan 13th.

  11. - Robert the Bruce - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 12:18 pm:

    These bonuses were partially offset by the savings from the occasional employee who stayed out in the car rather than adding to Rutherford’s meal expense.

  12. - Arizona Bob - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 12:21 pm:

    Just another patronage driven pol who uses taxpayer dollars to reward those who support him politically. Tell me again what the moral difference is between an Illinois Dem and Republican? And they wonder why people don’t bother to vote….

  13. - LilLebowskiUrbanAchiever - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 12:44 pm:

    Rutherford really is the worst. And shame on all of his staff who took the bonuses. Totally irresponsible and wrong.

    The idea that this clown thought he was qualified to be Governor really irritates me.

    Please head back to Pontiac and disappear.

  14. - Left Leaner - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 12:46 pm:

    Personally, I’m holding my breath in anticipation of what is sure to be a dandy press release from the Rauner transition team condemning this as another example of classic Springfield corruption and cronyism that they are going to clean up.

  15. - Downstate GOP Faithless - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 12:53 pm:

    I’m curious to see when the Braver Report Rutherford worked so hard to cover up, is finally released, how many of those who received raises also spoke on Rutherford’s behalf.

  16. - Wordslinger - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 12:57 pm:

    A couple of these fellows are co-defendants in the re-filed lawsuit. It’s not too hard to imagine that some who got bumps could be called as witnesses if it ever goes to trial.

    Playing with fire there.

  17. - Anonymous - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 12:59 pm:

    In the meantime, the Tribune reports that 80% of companies give out bonuses. Tsk, tsk for that opulence.

  18. - Yatzi - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 1:04 pm:

    non inion employee is almost spot on - non-union employees got their last real raise if you worked under Edgar was is 2003 - I take home less than I did 10 years ago. If this had been going on when the State asked me to work for them I would have said no - at some point it will hurt Illinois - union members often make $20,000 more than we do -

  19. - Downstate GOP Faithless - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 1:09 pm:

    It seems this makes things difficult for Rauner to pick up a number of these staffers. And Frank Lesko is an alderman in Springfield. That can’t make residents of his ward happy.

  20. - Federalist - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 1:21 pm:


  21. - Illinoise - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 1:39 pm:

    The non union employees at STO had raises within the past five years. You can search their names and salaries & see that this is not a case of union employees making more than their non union counterparts. It sounds so good, but just isn’t true at all for STO.

  22. - cover - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 1:43 pm:

    The bonus paid to Kyle Ham brought his year’s pay within $700 of Treasurer Rutherford’s own salary.

  23. - Yatzi - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 1:52 pm:

    Non-union employees under the gov do not have the increases given by other elected officials (Treas., Comp., A.G., etc) the other elected officials have control over much of thier salaries - even the hours may be a bit different 8.5 hrs for some and 82.5 for others

  24. - Demoralized - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 2:12 pm:

    This was clearly fishy. Looks bad. Smells bad.

    But I could frankly give a flying leap about the union whining. A lot of non union employees have gone without raises for years and years. So while they may gripe about what they’ve gotten, anything more than 0% is more than what a lot of non union folks have received.

  25. - Anon - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 2:24 pm:

    Aren’t these employees all losing their jobs? Easy to decry the bonuses when you don’t have to worry about paying the bills for a few months

  26. - A guy... - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 2:31 pm:

    Dan would be a very interesting political bio. He’s really gone from extremely popular to kind of icky.

    You just can’t do that without helping the effort yourself.

  27. - Poster - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 2:34 pm:

    Current state employees are wearing the golden-pension handcuffs. And the (any) administration knows it. Let’s see how many will cross the picket if there is a strike when the new contract fails.

  28. - Loop Lady - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 2:56 pm:

    A Guy…yep, Dan has been drinking his own koolaid for quite some time…

  29. - SantasLittleHelper - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 3:14 pm:

    Unionized state workers are overpaid for what they do and are way over benefited. Open up those jobs to all citizens freely and watch the quality and education level of the employees go up and the wage down.

  30. - Demoralized - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 3:19 pm:

    == Open up those jobs to all citizens freely==

    Those jobs are open to anybody. Apply.


  31. - just came here to look at the comments - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 3:19 pm:

    judging by the stories I read… It seems like those raises and bonuses are deserved

  32. - Anonymous - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 3:46 pm:

    =open up those jobs to all citizens freely==

    Hysterical! Not too long ago before the private sector blew itself up all by itself, those folks used to LAUGH at anyone who would go so low as to work in the public sector. They’d laugh at the low pay, low benefits compared to what they were getting. Well, well, well. Their perspective has changed ONLY because of the bang up job the privates have done to them. Suddenly, public employment is looking good for the first time in my life, and I’m a pretty old person!

  33. - Demoralized - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 4:10 pm:

    I looked at the list of employees and I recognized a few names. Knowing what they do, I would say they are grossly underpaid so some of the raises don’t look out of line to me. With a few exceptions I don’t really have a problem with what was done.

  34. - Original Rambler - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 4:32 pm:

    Other than the egregious ones at the top of the list, this doesn’t seem so bad considering how long there were no increases.

  35. - Illinoise - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 5:40 pm:

    @yatzi Sorry to hear that for you as everyone deserves a decent wage, if they work hard. At STO this is not the case. Since the office is not under the Gov., the Treas. can (and the past two have ) given raises to the non union employees. On the STO wage list, union employees are not the top earners by a LONG shot. That list is public record.

  36. - Michael Westen - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 6:34 pm:

    I wonder if the raises went to those who didn’t complain about the groping.

  37. - Anonymous - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 10:02 pm:

    The new Treasurer needs to go in and clean up the sewage of an office Dan is leaving behind.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* *** UPDATED x2 - Pritzker, Mendoza respond *** Rauner gets it half right while denying all blame
* ¯_(ツ)_/¯
* Question of the day
* Gun dealer licensing bill may reboot
* PPP: Rodney Davis up by only 3, Hultgren ahead by just 4
* Rate the new Sam McCann campaign video
* Way out of context
* Did Tazewell County and Chicago ignore state law?
* Rauner calls legislators "rascals" ahead of budget talks
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...









* Gun dealer licensing bill may reboot - The Capi.....
* Moline Library May schedule of events and programs..
* State's IT ranking is not too bad - IllinoisHom.....
* Way out of context..
* Illinois Democrats' plan to override gun dealer.....
* The Latest: Gun bill override short of House vo.....

* Servers allege sexual harassment at Chicago-area restaurant
* Ford: No layoffs expected at Chicago assembly plant
* Shooting at apartment complex in Illinois leaves 2 dead
* Illinois nurses to complete sexual assault training sooner
* Wrongful death lawsuit filed after double-fatal accident
* Chicago-area diving program relieves veterans' pain, stress
* Indiana county buying back old jail for use as office space
* Coach's accusers: Schools should end relationships with him
* Woman charged in bitcoin murder-for-hire is released
* Dozens of schools keep ties to coach accused of sexual abuse

* Illinois nurses to complete sexual assault training sooner
* A 48,000 percent return on a painting may be Illinois' best investment
* Schoenburg: Libertarian Kash Jackson wants to protect rights
* Plans to override gun dealer licensing veto fizzle
* Pro-gun advocates crowd downtown Springfield for annual rally
* Illinois State Fairgrounds on endangered sites list
* Illinois Senate votes to raise age to buy tobacco to 21
* Illinois State Fairgrounds, Thompson Center on endangered sites list
* Prospects of gun dealer licensing veto override appear to be fading
* Illinois Proud Penny Drive gets boost from local organizations

* Ford quitting every car in North America but two
* The convenience store chain for bougies
* Illinois House says no to sales-tax 'bounty hunting'
* Illinois pays price for budget uncertainty in $500 million deal
* Illinois pays price for budget uncertainty in $500 million bond offering

* The Two Ricks: ‘A Season Under The Gun’ and Orr high school basketball update
* Women say Twin Peaks restaurant forced them to wear revealing outfits
* Maia and Alex Shibutani take their Olympic talents to ‘Stars on Ice’
* In the music spotlight: The Claudettes
* The way of the crossover: ‘Avengers’ is ambitious, but TV does it best
* Emanuel vows to fix gun problem uncovered by inspector general
* The Trump, Kanye West bromance keeps blooming
* Foxconn plant cleared to use Lake Michigan water
* NFL draft Twitter mailbag: What could the Bears haul in if they trade back?
* Man charged with hitting CPD officer with vase in Woodlawn

* Who is not in “Avengers: Infinity War”?
* Explosion at Wisconsin oil refinery injures at least 5
* A 48,000 percent return on a painting may be Illinois' best investment
* Oak Park District 97 keeps bus service intact, but parents still upset over process
* Sheriff seeks sanctions against indicted Backpage owners, alleging their suit was a 'fraud on the court'
* Chicagoans on Essence Magazine's 'Woke 100' list
* As Ford phases out most cars, Chicago plant will produce a new SUV
* Jury in Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial begins second day of deliberations
* If Browns take Baker Mayfield at No. 1, Bears could find themselves in ideal spot at No. 8
* High-flying home prices seen getting another jolt

» Reporter Finds Carrying A Gun Carries Weighty Responsibility
» Illinois Lawmaker Considers Legislation After Nashville Waffle House Shooting
» Gun Owners Rally In Springfield While Gun Dealer Lincensing Veto Remains
» April 25, 2018 - Full Show
» Illinois State Fairgrounds Named On Endangered Historic Places List
» Food, Agriculture And Politics In The Next Farm Bill; Evangelicalism In The Age of Trump
» A Flexible Schedule Is The Wellness Benefit Workers Want
» Bill Could Award Legionnaires’ Victims’ Families $2M From State
» Jailhouse Informant Bill Clears State Legislature, Heads to Rauner's Desk
» Time Running Out For Illinois' Gun Dealer Licensing Legislation

* Illinois nurses to complete sexual assault training sooner
* A 48,000 percent return on a painting may be Illinois' best investment
* Schoenburg: Libertarian Kash Jackson wants to protect rights
* Plans to override gun dealer licensing veto fizzle
* Our View: Advisory group for SCVB could benefit city
* Our View: Legislators should adopt revenue estimate resolution
* Pro-gun advocates crowd downtown Springfield for annual rally
* Illinois State Fairgrounds on endangered sites list
* Illinois Senate votes to raise age to buy tobacco to 21
* Illinois State Fairgrounds, Thompson Center on endangered sites list

* 2018 Illinois Marathon
* Amanda's picks: 'Space Odyssey,' monster trucks and all kinds of jams this weekend
* Suspect in custody after man shot near SLU campus
* Illinois offers two more prospects
* Police trying to identify skeletal remains found at Litchfield lake
* Home-brew experiments gave birth to Bearded Owl
* O'Fallon has been a Tree City USA for 20 years
* Street closures listing
* Mascoutah cop said he 'would make him disappear' if man reported conduct, lawsuit says
* Trip to Washington a 'powerful statement to make' for Carbondale, SIU, SIH

* Welcome home veterans in North Chicago
* Dispose of household chemical waste
* Writer Michelle McNamara stalked the Golden State Killer until she died
* Seven tips for how small businesses can get paid faster
* Author leveraged video game knowledge to save her life

* A Lamb among congressional lions: Freshman...
* Record Time: New & Notable Vinyl Releases ...
* Rep. Randy Hultgren recognizes Loyola men'...
* US Rep. Randy Hultgren visits McHenry's Pi...
* PPP: Rodney Davis up by only 3, Hultgren a...
* Are Illinois Congressmen safe in wake of D...
* Hultgren makes Earth Day pledge as newest ...
* It's official: If you prepaid your propert...
* A quick look at a few congressional races ...
* GOP breaks the glass as House outlook dark...

* Democrats Give Muted Support To Bernie's B......
* Jared Kushner's Prison Reform Bill Blocked......
* Democrats don't love Bernie Sanders' jobs-......
* Bipartisan prison reform bill stumbles in ......
* Kushner-backed prison reform bill stumbles......

* Straight, clear thinking from women in pow......
* On Twitter, Hillary Clinton is a 'wife' ab......
* Tammy Duckworth and Working Moms Like Mine...
* The Senate celebrates Sen. Tammy Duckworth......
* Editorial: Up to the task...

* Update on the homeless sisters
* EXTRA: Rauner wins! (for now)
* Your Chicago Location Guide to The Blues Brothers
* The Billable Hour Prevails in the Legal Industry — Don’t Let Anyone Mislead You to the Contrary
* IEA RA delegate writes their disappointment in vote on NRA.
* Illinois’ ed funding bill wanted equity and that is what we have. Every CPS school is in the red. CTBA’s Ralph Martire is on Hitting Left on Friday.
* The One Guy Ryan Pace Better Not Take In The First Round Of Tonight's NFL Draft
* IEA RA applauds Parkland student call for #NeverAgain. But delegates vote to continue endorsing NRA-backed politicians like (R) Congressman Rodney Davis.
* Arizona!
* The Music Box kicks off a season of Michael Curtiz revivals with the silent melodrama A Million Bid

* IEMA Highlights Role of Volunteers in Disasters
* Governor Rauner activates State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield
* February Flooding Information
* IEMA Urges People to Prepare for Severe Weather
* Governor issues state disaster proclamation for flooding in Iroquois, Kankakee, Vermilion Counties

* Axon launches AI ethics board to study the dangers of facial recognition
* Snapchat admits lessons learned, reveals second-generation Spectacles
* Possible Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 specs include Snapdragon 660 chipset
* All the new Gmail features explained
* Event details now supported by Calendar Interop
* This company is making an at-home CRISPR kit to find out what’s making you sick
* You only have a few hours to save a cool $50 on your preferred Amazon Fire HD 10 variant

* Super Stats Pack: Hitters/Pitchers (Game 20)
* White Sox Minor League Update: April 25, 2018
* Kopech, Adolfo among prospect performers
* Your Fan Questions Answered!
* Giolito opens 5-game set in Kansas City
* Bats let Felix off hook, stymied by 'pen in loss
* Abreu day to day with flu-like symptoms

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller