Monthly Archives: September 2016

Top 400 Illinois pensions in 2016

Taxpayer Education Foundation has published the top 400 Illinois pensions as of 2016. There are 15,661 state pensioners collecting more than $100,000 per year and 92,386 state pensioners collecting more than $50,000 per year.

Many of these people will receive more in retirement than they did while working.   The system is unsustainable.

Post Employment Compensation

Years ago, and unbeknownst to taxpayers, School district in Illinois began giving retiring teachers extra pay shortly before they retired.  This policy costs the districts very little, but boosted pensions substantially. This practice is one of the leading causes of the unfunded pension liability.

The following table shows the post employment goodies for teachers in Wheaton-Warrenville CUSD 200.

cusd200 post employmentThe affect of this (and similar arrangements in other districts can be seen in the pension payouts.  Take a look at pdf page 109 of

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015
Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois

pension data 2015 p 109

A teacher who had been retired less than one year (i.e. retired in 2015) who had 30 to 34 years of service on average would be receiving $5,661 in current monthly benefits, or $67,932 annually.   Graphing the current monthly  pensions from this page we get: curr pension 2015 graph


Notice the jump in the data about 20 years ago, That would be around 1995.   Could this be due to end of career salary spiking?

Or was there any changes made tot he TRS law around this time that would account for the jump?