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The former governor of Hawaii Linda Lingle is making more money as an aide to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner than she did when she oversaw the Aloha State.
The Illinois Governor’s office, along with payroll records filed by the state comptroller, show governor’s aide Linda Lingle will receive $60,000 for a state contract running from April to June, but after that she will go on the state payroll as an employee with an annual salary of $198,000.
The top paid aide in Illinois is Beth Purvis, who is being paid $250,000 as the Governor’s education czar.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Olin “Trey” Childress III, a former chief operating officer for the state of Georgia, is making $198,000 annually.
Rauner’s chief of staff, Mike Zolnierowicz, is getting $180,000 yearly.
The governor has been paying Donna Arduin $30,000 per month on a four-month contract to serve as a budget adviser, writes the Post-Dispatch. Per year, that would be $360,000.
Arduin previously worked for Republican governors in California, Florida and Texas, and is nearing the end of her four-month contract.