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MAKE THIS STORY GO VIRAL -- You Thought California State Pensions Were Out Of Control? Wait Until You See This List From Illinois

UPDATE:  Since we published this story yesterday it has been picked up by Glenn Beck, Business Insider, Patrick.net, and several other sources.  As of 5 AM this morning it has been seen by 322,000 unique visitors.  Keep it going!


Meet Neil Codell an Illinois educator with a $26 million state pension

Look for 'Codell, Neil C' -- 4th from the top of the list.  His estimated career pension is $26,661,604.  That's almost $27 million for a single administrator within just one local Illinois school system (Niles, to be exact).

Read about his benefits package HERE


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While the California teachers' unions are effectively destroying one school system after another, an alert commenter pointed me to some even more shocking news from Illinois. Their pension system for educators is -- if you can believe it -- even farther off the reservation.

Using actuarial calculations from the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS), Champion News reports that the total estimated pension liability for the top 100 retirees will equal...

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You read this right. The top 100 retirees, by themselves, will cost Illinois taxpayers nearly one billion dollars.






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Published June 14, 2010 by:
Nancy Tracy
Yes, these Government Employees now are the Puppets of politicians and when we ask questions, these employees Bully us. I am screaming from my personal experience. Fat corrupt Governments keep giving themselves raises and keep raising taxes on us. Now these thugs becoming too creative to find ways to tax scam us.
USA is now ruled by Corporate Elites and Wall Street Thugs
Fellow Americans: we are again doomed in California
One seasoned Politician scum bag and other corporate elite
why would Meg Spends $80m+ for a $250k? Job?
How did she make her Fortune?? Wake up now
Whitman Meg already showing True colors
Open letter here by Ramie Zomisky Deleted and no answer to my letter in the email yet?
Dear Meg, We have two set of Rules in Corporate world for Salaries and Compensation

Jun 14, 2010 at 3:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterKen
Ken...don't spam.,..and this story is about PUBLIC EMPLOYEE pensions...not private pensions...

take the time to read it...there is one guy who will get more than $17 million in pension from taxpayers...that is a crime...
Jun 14, 2010 at 3:23 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
"Crime", the person that alows this to happen is the one that should be taken out to the Oak Tree and hung....! Along with how many more in goverment.
Jun 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar

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The Senate went into session around 1:30 p.m. and the Assemby is due to meet at 2 p.m., with a vote on the so-called extender bill coming sometime this afternoon.

Sources tell NBCNewYork that weekend negotiations appear to have avoided a shutdown. Senate leaders say they will keep the state running and Gov. David Paterson was cautiously optimistic Sunday night.

Senate Democrats -- including Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx -- sought to assure New Yorkers and the state's 200,000 employees that a government shutdown will be averted today.
Jun 14, 2010 at 4:18 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
What about the Neil Codell Superintendent of an elementary school getting $26 million just two years later? Here is a link to his info: http://www.jigsaw.com/scid20607542/neil_codell.xhtml
Jun 14, 2010 at 4:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterTM
I caught that a few minutes ago TM...thanks...changed the story to reflect his numbers...
Jun 14, 2010 at 5:12 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
I am speechless. I sent this story to Matt Drudge.
Jun 14, 2010 at 5:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterRich
Sometimes emotion clouds reason and this is one of those times.

DB! You've missed one elementary fact. These are not TEACHER'S pensions, they are administrator pensions. The average teacher is lucky to get $50,000 a year. The highest teacher pension I know of personally, for 35 years of service with a master's degree, was $36,000 and that was in the San Francisco Bay Area where an average house still costs about $600,000.

Teachers unions have nothing to do with these bloated administrator pensions and salaries. Most teachers don't believe they need all this administration and would be happy to administer their own schools with the help of a friendly principle, a handful of secretaries and a lot of counselors who are paid about the same salary as they are.

It is important to get angry at the right people. I agree that at least 90%, and I don't think I'm exaggerating, of these administrator jobs should be eliminated but I think we need MORE good teachers and the only way we can get them is to make teaching conditions better and to pay teachers a middle class wage. And a middle class wage depends on geographical location, obviously.
Jun 14, 2010 at 5:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames Street
James...it's the same union in most states...and you're missing the fact that the majority of the money for schools really goes to administrators...this is what I'm highlighting...
Jun 14, 2010 at 5:34 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
The average teacher is lucky to get $50,000 a year. The highest teacher pension I know of personally, for 35 years of service with a master's degree, was $36,000 and that was in the San Francisco Bay Area where an average house still costs about $600,000.


James...there are hundred if not thousands of teachers with pensions greater than 75k in california...it's all in there...follow the links...especially this one...


Also read the story again... i wrote 'administrator' to distinguish them from teachers...i thought i made that clear in the story...i realize that I also wrote 'educators'...by this i was trying to distinguish from teachers...that part wasn't clear...you are right...
Jun 14, 2010 at 5:36 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
The average teacher is lucky to get $50,000 a year.


the numbers are fine in many states...but in the states that need bailouts FROM taxpayers, the numbers are off the charts...california, illinois, new york...check the numbers...they are in the links provided...
Jun 14, 2010 at 5:39 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Wow, I am speechless! That is saying a lot huh DB. I will be emailing this to everyone I know. Great find and great post!
Jun 14, 2010 at 5:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterZarathustra
DB...Does RICO apply? This is organized crime (well, in my opinion).
Jun 14, 2010 at 5:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterZarathustra
Wow, I am speechless!


same effect on me...i've been sitting on this story for 6 months waiting for the right time to post it...i almost forgot about it until yesterday when i saw the new bailout proposal from obama...
Jun 14, 2010 at 6:12 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
I couldn't see where the website you provided shows the percentage of teachers who get more than $75,000 retirement per year.

I said I don't know of any TEACHERS who get more than $50,000 per year retirement. There might be some but I don't know any.

I would like to know what percentage of teacher retirees pull down more than $75,000 per year in retirement and I would be surprised if it's more than 5%, even in California, New York or Illinois. They would have to be PhD's with about 40 years of teaching years.

And please don't call administrators educators. They are simply administrators and have virtually nothing to do with education, unfortunately. Teachers are the only real educators. As I said, virtually 90% of all administrators are unnecessary and could be eliminated.
Jun 14, 2010 at 7:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames Street
50 grand a year for 9 months of work..............is 5500 a month..............if you dont want that salary then do something else. No one is forcing you to teach. These other salaries are killing the states.............since they cant afford them.
Jun 14, 2010 at 7:54 PM | Unregistered Commenterus citizen
I am astounded! I've said all along the best thing that could happen to this country is for everyone to be out of work ... then they thugs would just hit the streets to steal money...much more honest don't you think? No working class, no taxes paid into this corruption. When need political cleansing and an overthrow of this overbearing government. Let's take OUR COUNTRY back!
Jun 14, 2010 at 8:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterNothing New

I meant to say Illinois teachers making 75 k pensions not california...

Here is the link...there are 34,000 teachers and administrators in Illinois who have pensions greater than 50k per year...many greater than 100k...


You have to go through them individually to find out the details...
Jun 14, 2010 at 8:57 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Jun 14, 2010 at 8:57 PM | Unregistered Commenterdylan
States Shrink ‘Unaffordable’ Benefits to Bridge $1 Trillion Gap


Here's more on the problem...
Jun 14, 2010 at 8:59 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Free Republic picked up this story just now...

Jun 14, 2010 at 9:00 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Public-sector vs. private-sector salaries

Jun 14, 2010 at 9:01 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
I'll take your word for it DB but it can't be more than a small percentage. It's the administrators who are getting at least 90% of the pension money.

For U.S. Citizen: I think if we had a more elitist system where only the top 10% of students were educated beyond the sixth grade, we could solve most of these problems.

I'm throwing numbers around pretty loosely but I think 90% of the people only need to know how to read and do simple math, because, de facto, that is all they know how to do now. Anything beyond the sixth grade is unnecessary.

If we got rid of 90% of the administrators, that would save a very large amount of taxpayer money.

Let the masses do what they've always done, fight each other for the crumbs that fall from the tables of the privileged and wealthy. It's what is happening already today anyway. Bleeding heart liberals are just people who can't stand to look at this reality and therefore give an army of thieves and administrators the opportunity to steal from them while pretending to make things better that can't be made better.
Jun 14, 2010 at 9:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames Street
I went through the first 50 listed out of 34,000...36 out of 50 were teachers...so you can extrapolate from that...about 22,000 teachers...but obviously, i agree with you that this is mostly about administrators...but they are in the same budget and the same union...
Jun 14, 2010 at 9:34 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Jun 14, 2010 at 11:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterZarathustra
You should list emails for senators, etc. Who uses phone these days?
Jun 15, 2010 at 12:08 AM | Unregistered Commenterdd
good point dd...i will add the links for email addresses to the story...
Jun 15, 2010 at 12:40 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
The state’s political watchdog agency has released a new list of the 15 interest groups who’ve spend the most on elections and lobbying over the past decade. The grand total is more than one billion dollars. What are they getting for their money?

Follow the money...

Jun 15, 2010 at 1:20 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Illinois' Pension Liability Worst In Nation, Could Sink State Economy

Jun 15, 2010 at 1:24 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
I live in France.
I find it very unfortunate that a somewhat moronic form of populism (you heard me, I am NOT saying that ALL populism is bad, after all "populism" is in relation to "the people", and whether we (or I...) like it or not "the people" are a large chunk of our current political ideology) makes us mouth off in a rant at the drop of a hat without taking the time to connect our neurons for the larger issues.
The ranting against the school system does not differentiate the ranting against administrators and teachers.
Bad plan in my book.
In France, this kind of ranting allows belligerent and entitlement feeling people in the private sector to go into an apocalypic, envious fit at the idea that SOMEBODY out there could have any kind of job security, whereas THEY do not.
It allows people to mouth off in a moronic fashion about just how bad government is.
As though... THEY would be happy to see civil war in our industrial world.
I am not against critique.
But I don't think we know very much about critical thought any more.
We are reacting like snails being poked whenever we hear something we don't like these days.
THAT is NOT critical thought.
Do we NEED critical thought ?
Well... at least we need to know the difference between critical thought and epidermic reactions.
Do we these days ? I'm not sure.
It takes a little bit of effort, discipline, and the desire to understand the complexity of issues for critical thought.
And... we have become a collectively lazy, undisciplined AND UNGOVERNABLE citizenry.
For the most part.
And... not even ashamed about it, to boot...
Jun 15, 2010 at 2:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterDebra
The ranting against the school system does not differentiate the ranting against administrators and teachers.
Bad plan in my book.


Debra...it's not focused entirely on the school system...the problem is public sector unions...this bailout is for them...take the time to understand the large numbers at stake...as i wrote, we have several mini-greece fiedfdoms...too big to fail states, as it were...and each of them is being bankrupted by public employee pensions -- promises made when the money was flowing like honey...

Perhaps you don't see the reality of these numbers...

An older friend of mine just retired after 35 years as a radiologist...private practice...his total retirement plan was $2.2 million....the average school administrator on the list has a pension 4 TIMES that size...
Jun 15, 2010 at 3:00 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
@ James Street...

So I went looking for more info on Neil Codell...and I found that the exact language i used is calling him an educator and then later an administrator was used by Education news...


So not only did I NOT make the mistake you accused me of originally, (confusing teachers with administrators), but my choice of 'educator' and 'administrator' was correct...

I love you man, but don't let my style fool you....i am pretty intense about my craft...there is way too much editing and background before a story like this gets posted...
Jun 15, 2010 at 3:08 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Let me jusk ask one very simple question ? Why bailout state pensions that are out of control when WE
taxpayers who work for a big company have no one looking out for us?

I know a guy who works for fed mogal (big GM supplier who kept them going) All his pension was in stock.
GONE now he has to work until he dies .So why in this economy do the people have to continue to work
for lower wages year after year But the gov takes our taxes and gives it away to people who made mistakes.
After alll isnt the definition of insanity doing the same thing and expecting different results ?
Jun 15, 2010 at 8:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterJTS
I remember when I was a teenager a story broke about the cost of a tiolet seat at the Pentagon. Does anyone remember that particular illuminating moment? People were incredulous. This story is on the same order. I think that the public sector has become another corporate interest. That is frightening. What do we do? Privatize the school system and make it for profit? Do states like Illinois and California have any idea how much damage they are doing? what about a REAL audit of these pension systems before any more funds are exchanged?

These statistics are shocking and they demonstrate how our society has an agenda that seeks to destroy the middle class. Its nice that they allow a few public sector employees in Illinios to become part of the other side of the fence, the elite side, though many teachers only can afford to teach because they come from the right side of the tracks already and ironickly hardly need a pension at all. This information is shocking but alas not suprising

By by middle class...
Jun 15, 2010 at 11:58 AM | Unregistered Commenterdsimon

i remember the same thing...the $800 hammer and the $5,000 toilet...that was big news for months...and then...nothing changed...
Jun 15, 2010 at 1:42 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
It's probably true, DB, that most people think of administrators as educators and in that sense you've done your homework and your statement is correct.

I was simply casting my vote for the belief that administrators are not truly educators, in the sense that teachers are.

Again, I think that if we could get rid of 90% of the administrators we could move at least half way towards solving our education problems.

And, even though it sounds radical and therefore not serious, I think if we could allow at least half of American children to leave school by the sixth grade and enter the job market as bus drivers, garbage collectors, taxi drivers and other unskilled workers, we could move the rest of the way towards solving the education problem. Another 25% of children could be set free by age 14 to become secretaries, auto mechanics and other semi-skilled workers.

Only about one quarter, and possibly only about 10%, of the American population is needed for intellectual tasks which require training beyond the 9th grade.

The goals of the public secondary education system are based on Utopian ideas that come from the post World War II period and are unrealistic today.

Even the American university system couldn't survive, as it exists today, without basketball and football revenue, and the tuition from wealthy foreign students and from foreign governments who pay the tuition for their talented poor students.

Far too many American students attend university without the least benefit to themselves or society and far too many advanced degrees are awarded without the least chance that they will be utilized by the American society.
Jun 15, 2010 at 3:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames Street
Let me tell you something you moron you think a auto mechanic is a semi skilled job.I can fix any dam car plumb my
house roof it fix my hvac run my Business with profit hunt my own food.

If you had any idea how much school i attend each year .Yep just another brainless worker.
Oh wait Gomp will be by soon you have also insulted him.

When we was in school they promoted vocational .Witch i didnt go to automechanics.But i see your BASIC view
of blue collar .What you are saying is stupid.Now if a kid does not want a education than cut them loose.
sorry dude you just rubbed me the wrong way i get talked down by people who i make twice as much as.
and am smarter .But im just a grease monkey doing a almost a million a year gross out of 4 bays.
Jun 15, 2010 at 3:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterJTS
DB, I may have triped on a piece that explains what and way is wrong here in America. The most important part is right at the beginnng. Dennis Prager Q & A At University of Denver

Everyone today thinks he is worth 10 times more than he can produce. And the higher you get, the more you think your worth. This is why were top heavy in bussines, and goverment.

We are the problum, not the goverment. We, us, were neaver taught how to be good Americans. Let me know if I hit a home run on this piece..........?

He made me feel ashamed for not doing more other than the last 2 years. I dident give a shit before that. As long as my bus was on the road doing shows, and my bus payment was made,

I could care less what the rest was doing. Im in this world to make a great life for my self taking care of my family show and crew members. Hell with goverment and big bussiness.

Althoe I was all for helping anybody in show bussiness make it If They wanted to work 24/7 on thier own career. BUT, Im just as Guilty............!

Jun 15, 2010 at 3:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
For the record, I think if you do the math you'll find that most of the money is being payed to teachers and not administrators.

Administrators are probably paid too much but I doubt if cutting their numbers in half and their pay in half would change the big picture.

The public school system is being dismantled as we speak and I believe that within one or two generations it will be finished as we have known it.

As I said, 90% of Americans and their children don't want it or need it.
Jun 15, 2010 at 4:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames Street
Tex Dar you hit the nail on the head . And the sad part is even if something fails they still get paid.
Sure wish my shit worked that way .
I live on a fixed income unless its fixed i do not get paid.LOL
Jun 15, 2010 at 4:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterJTS

i remember the same thing...the $800 hammer and the $5,000 toilet...that was big news for months...and then...nothing changed...
June 15, 2010 | Registered CommenterDailyBail

I remember it was a 60 minutes episode .
Jun 15, 2010 at 4:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterJTS
It is not easy to recognize fascism if you haven't seen it before, America is closer to fascism than it has ever been in its history. Yet it is each administration since the big one slowly advancing the goal that was missed with the coup attempt on FDR by the same power brokers who put Hitler and Mussolini in power.

Writing in Economic Affairs in the mid 1970s, R.E. Pahl and J. T. Winkler described corporatism as a system under which government guides privately owned businesses towards order, unity, nationalism and success. They were quite clear as to what this system amounted to: "Let us not mince words. Corporatism is fascism with a human face. . . An acceptable face of fascism, indeed, a masked version of it, because so far the more repugnant political and social aspects of the German and Italian regimes are absent or only present in diluted forms."

Adrian Lyttelton, describing the rise of Italian fascism in The Seizure of Power, writes: "A good example of Mussolini's new views is provided by his inaugural speech to the National Exports Institute on 8 July 1926. . . Industry was ordered to form 'a common front' in dealing with foreigners, to avoid 'ruinous competition,' and to eliminate inefficient enterprises. . . The values of competition were to be replaced by those of organization: Italian industry would be reshaped and modernized by the cartel and trust. . .There was a new philosophy here of state intervention for the technical modernization of the economy serving the ultimate political objectives of military strength and self-sufficiency; it was a return to the authoritarian and interventionist war economy."

Lyttelton writes that "fascism can be viewed as a product of the transition from the market capitalism of the independent producer to the organized capitalism of the oligopoly." It was a point that Orwell had noted when he described fascism as being but an extension of capitalism. Lyttelton quoted Nationalist theorist Affredo Rocco: "The Fascist economy is. . . an organized economy. It is organized by the producers themselves, under the supreme direction and control of the State."

One does not need to know the end of the story to know that we are heading at a rapid pace away from the principles of American democracy towards the dark hole of power with impunity, to the sort of world in which, as Rudolph Giuliani has calmly asserted, "freedom is about authority.", now that is certainly freedom, isn’t it?

In Hitler’s utopian dream, those to be educated beyond a certain level were chosen by the state (elitists). The books had already been burned, so education was based on indoctrinization.

6th grade cab drivers, bus drivers, garbage men, wow, the insurance companies would love this, I can already see bodies piling up, but it would be in the name of the state, right? “Overmen” (elitists) picking our future educated and indoctrinated “overmen” is just what we need, LOL. If it was that easy, every champion racehorse would be guaranteed to sire nothing but champions, and anomaly’s like Pharlap would never have existed.

Yet somehow all people seem to think that the laws of animal husbandry do not include the homo sapiens. After all, everyone is a “overman” in their own eyes.

Many today even believe in a caste system, as they look down their superior noses at everyone else.

I guess we just need to scrap all worker (including teachers) retirements and benefits, which were NEGOTIATED WITH, AND AGREED UPON BY THE MANAGEMENT, AND THEN HANDLED CARELESSLY BY THE MANAGEMENT FROM THAT POINT ON, and support all rich benefits and bailouts and golden parachutes ( which includes administrators and managers) which is what we have now. After all, to the plunderer goes the spoils. And we all know it is the workers fault (sarcasm emphasized) right?

By the way, some of you may not realize that small business is being decimated in the quest for Corporatism, and both parties are responsible for this most treasonous form of Fascism.

If a nation wishes, it can have both free elections and slavery.

Gary Wills
Jun 15, 2010 at 6:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers

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