Illinois lawmakers are facing the final three days of the Legislature’s fall session, but big issues like fixing state pension funds or expanding legalized gambling will probably have to wait for January action. The Senate might consider a House-approved resolution opposing wage increases for state workers this year.
Eddyville City Council members voted in a split decision this week to more than double their salaries. Council members approved the change 3 to 2. The salaries will go from 100 dollars a month to 250 dollars a month beginning in January with the new council term. All six council members are up for reelection this year, with eleven candidates running.
Top managers at the Tennessee Valley Authority now make more than members of Congress, who are paid $174,000 annually. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports TVA is paying out nearly $30 million a year more for 155 of its top leaders since Congress removed salary limits at the federal utility in 2004. Former TVA Director Skila Harris said the changes have helped the utility hire qualified workers, plant managers, technicians and executives.