New municipal salary numbers may irk taxpayers

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CHICAGO -- Ever wonder what your village manager makes? How about the chief engineer? Openthebooks.com just found some numbers that might make debt weary Illinois taxpayers angry.

North Shore School District 112's Treasurer makes a total of $485,000. One is Moshin Dada's current salary. But he's double dipping by taking home a pension from the teacher's retirement system at the same time. How about Larry Frang, who is paid by taxpayers $392,400 for something called the Illinois Municipal League.

What's worse, that's a private sector job but thanks to clout in Springfield, a law passed means we pay for his salary.

The top county salary came out of DuPage. Records show county administrator Donald Zeilenga made $383,000 in 2002. County engineer Charles Tokarski pulled down $340,000 in 2011. 52 village and city managers in Illinois made more than any of the 50 state governors. Leading the way, Lawrence "Todd" Hileman of Glenview at $292,000 a year.

When WGN Investigates contacted Glenview to see if that salary was right, the public relations person confirmed it. Then asked what the number two ranked salary was, we told her openthebooks.com found Grayslake city manager Michael Ellis at $258,000. She responded, well, it is what it is.

What it is, is a salary that will lead to a lifelong pension also in that high six figure level.

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  • Kim Krakowski

    Is there an ongoing investigative report on electric meters linked to the wrong addresses? This same thing is going on right now where my son lives. He lives in a 4 townhouse unit and recently figured out that he has been paying his neighbors electric bill since 2009. The only thing that alerted him to it was the high bills being charged to him when he was hardly is ever home. He alerted COM Ed and they did send someone out to verify the meter number and it was off by one digit. They told him it will take 45 days to figure out what, if any, refund he will be getting. He just received another electric bill the other day with the same wrong meter number on it. If you want further information, you can contact me and I will give my son you contact information. So I suppose he is not the only one!!

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