UPDATE: Illinois House approves salary increase for Pritzker cabinet

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Updated: Jan. 8, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

The house has approved a plan that allows incoming Illinois governor to offer his cabinet members 15 percent more in salary.

The House voted 68-37 Tuesday to increase annual pay for the director of prisons, the transportation secretary and the directors of other agencies governing human services, health care, the environment and more.

Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker says Illinois salaries for agency directors and assistant directors aren’t competitive.

The measure would affect 49 positions. Current salaries range from $104,000 for the head of the Illinois Power Agency to $150,000 for the Transportation and Corrections departments.

The bill moves to Senate for final approval. Illinois lawmakers convene Tuesday for the final full day of the 100th General Assembly.

Pritzker will not be inaugurated until Monday. He says he is having trouble recruiting talented professionals.

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Published: Jan. 7, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

The House Executive Committee has approved a plan pushed by incoming governor J.B. Pritzker to increase salaries he can offer his cabinet.

The committee voted unanimously Monday to increase salaries by 15 percent for agency directors and assistant directors hired by Pritzker. He wanted to offer cabinet members salaries 15 percent higher than current law allows to lure top talent.

Democratic Rep. Christian Mitchell of Chicago is sponsoring the plan. He says Pritzker is having difficulty attracting talented people necessary to fix Illinois' problems because the pay isn't competitive.

The Transportation and Corrections department jobs pay $150,000 and would go to $172,500. The state police director is paid $140,000 and would get $161,000.

Mitchell says prison directors in California and Texas get about $265,000. The Texas Transportation chief makes $300,000. New York is increasing five cabinet-level salaries to $190,000.

The committee also OK'd Pritzker's plan to replace members of the Illinois Tollway board because of questionable spending.

Pritzker will be inaugurated Jan. 14.