* New Rauner staff salaries…
Kristina Rasmussen — Chief of Staff — $170,000
Diana Rickert - Deputy Chief of Staff of Communications - $165,000
Laurel Patrick - Communications Director - $120,000
Michael Lucci -Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy - $140,000
Brittany Carl – Communications Specialist - $45,000
Meghan Keenan – Communications Specialist - $45,000
Meghan Keenan was a Communications Analyst for the Illinois Policy Institute.
* Some context…
Rasmussen signed on for an annual salary of $170,000. Tax filings from the nonprofit Illinois Policy Institute show Rasmussen’s salary was less than $160,000 in 2014. In the same year, she collected over $30,000 in “other compensation” from the Policy Institute and related organizations.
According to a former Rauner staffer, Diana Rickert, another IPI recruit, will earn $15,000 more than her predecessors. State records show former Communications Director Brad Hahn and former Deputy Chief of Staff Lance Trover each earned an annual salary of $150,000.
In a 2016 op-ed for the Chicago Tribune, Rickert wrote, “When public-sector unions demand excessive salaries and benefits, politicians just say yes and pass on the bill to taxpayers.”
A press release from the Illinois Policy Institute published in the same month complained that “at $67,836, Illinois lawmakers have the highest base salary in the Midwest and the fifth-highest base salary for legislators in the nation.”
* And Rasmussen not long ago advocated for the elimination of the Dunn Fellowship program with this interesting logic…
Still, fans of the program say it is worth it because you’re getting about $80,000 of work out of a $30,000 worker. But Rasmussen says even that doesn’t add up.
“If you’ve got someone making $80,000 and you’ve got an equally talented person who’s willing to take that job for $30,000 it means that you’re paying folks too much,” she said.
* Illinois Policy Institute: Illinois State Workers Highest Paid In Nation