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Study: Glenview Village Manager Second Highest Paid in Illinois

Village Manager Todd Hileman's annual salary is ranked second highest in the state, according to conservative organization For The Good of Illinois. Hileman banks more than Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, the study said.

With an annual salary of $245,653 in 2011, Glenview Village Manager Todd Hileman is the No. 2 highest paid village manager in the state of Illinois, according to a new study by For The Good of Illinois, a conservative leaning public interest group.

Additionally, Hileman was one of seven Village Managers who made more money than Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the study said.

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Other burbs with managers who also banked more than Emanuel last year include: Northbrook, Highland Park, Skokie, Schaumburg, Grayslake and Gurnee.

The study, which lists the 13 highest paid village managers in Illinois, also said Hileman’s salary has seen rapid rise in the last six years, increasing 34 percent since 2005 when he made $182,800.

Although Hileman’s salary went up significantly, total salaries in Glenview have only gone up modestly, the study said. In 2005, total salaries were $29,463,269; in 2011, they were $31,916,368.

Village supports Hileman's salary

Glenview Patch contacted several Village officials including Village President Kerry Cummings and Village Communications Director Lynne Stiefel to comment on the study. 

“The Village of Glenview Board of Trustees is responsible for the hiring and salary of the Village Manager," Cummings told Patch via e-mail.

"Our Board hired Todd Hileman to bring 'private-sector type thinking and management' to government," she continued. " of the Village through a wide variety of initiatives – municipal partnering, exploring alternative delivery methods, testing service levels, cross training and  privatization to name a few.”

Stiefel pointed to several 'dramatic changes' Glenview has implemented since Hileman joined the Village including continued budget reduction efforts. (See PDFs above for more details from the Village).

According to the current budget proposal from the Village of Glenview, the Village intends to balance its budget and not raise taxes in the process.

While the year-to-year budget is balanced, according to Open the Books, For The Good of Illinois’ data mining initiative of Illinois municipal budgets, Glenview has increased its total appropriations from $87,049,066 in 2005 to $182,488,880 today.

Policy Director speaks to Patch

Bruno Behrend, the policy director at For The Good of Illinois, told Patch the watchdog group only looked at budget items and does not judge the overall worth of any specific village manager.

With that caveat, Behrend emphasized that larger salaries weren’t only a current commitment but . Recently, pensions have  and nationally, playing a critical role in the unsuccessful recall election of Governor Scott Walker. 

Behrend told Glenview Patch that he believes the numbers his group lists for compensation are a closer depiction of actual cost to local taxpayers.

“Our data represents the earned wages as they are reported to the various pension systems," he said. "It is a more accurate representation of the true cost to the taxpayer than the base salary contract.”

Bob Redlinski June 19, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Hands are going down... Property taxes are so high I 'm no longer sure we own our house or rent. We trust wrong people! Bob
Graham Davis June 21, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Well, it certainly looks as though he wears his compensation well.
JOHN SMITH July 07, 2012 at 02:21 AM
And the village still wants to cut services. be prepared. all the chiefs are getting raises and your services will be cut. more plow sections, tree work. yet they have 2 deputy public works directors and many more chiefs under them.
Danni July 10, 2012 at 08:44 PM
This is good folks-they brought him in to bring "private sector thinking"-wow-private sector thinking includes to most vital of thoughts-called "private sector wages" and the implication is private is better for Glenview than public-just not in salary-if you want to find out more about how you can hold their feet to the fire, attend a meeting at the Arlington Heights Village Hall at 7:00 PM, Thursday July 12th and a Tax Protest Rally in Oswego at Hudson Crossing Park, Washington and Rt. 34, July 13th, from 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM, down by the river-or you can just keep paying until you run out of money-nothing will change-you'll just lose your house later, not sooner-but by the time you lose it at least you will be losing a lot less-you know-property values.
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