State Senator: Professors Are Paid Too Much

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS/WBBM) — To hear one state senator tell it, life as a public servant can pay very, very well.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports, Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero) says too many professors make too much money.

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Sandoval says there’s a link between the high salaries and high tuition at state universities, the Springfield State Journal-Register reported.

He says one should ask graduates how big their student loan debt is, and whether it’s worth it.

“They would question today the perspective of many of these university administrators and professors that it’s worth the buck, because they never really, necessarily, got a job as a result of it,” Sandoval said.

Sandoval is behind two bills. One, Senate Bill 114, would freeze tuition and fees at state universities for two academic years. The other, Senate Bill 131, would create an executive inspector general focused on higher education, the State Journal-Register reported.

University of Illinois spokesman Tom Hardy says state government is not helping.

“Not only has the state’s support declined, the state is $400 million behind right now, with its fiscal year,” Hardy said.

A 53-page list was released showing the high salaries of some state employees, many of them in the higher education system. At the top of the list are two professors at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine – Dr. Khaled Saleh, chairman of the orthopedics and rehabilitation chair, and Dr. Russell Yan, professor of clinical internal medicine and division chief of gastroenterology, the State Journal-Register reported. Both make $600,000 a year.

The university says state funding does not go toward their salaries. But state funding does contribute to the salaries of Dr. Gary Dunnington, professor and surgery department chair at the SIU medical school, who makes about $532,000 a year and gets almost $397,000 from the university’s state funds, the State Journal-Register reported.

By contrast, the President of the United States makes about $400,000. The governor of Illinois makes about $177,000. Sandoval suggests public employees should keep those numbers in mind.

  • Mr Voter

    these state reps. are the most corrupt, they should set THEIR term as two limit and a token pay of $1 dollar a year, after all its public service not a carreer for lackies and hacks….at least the teacher teaches…you (rep) just stal and feel your above the law…ask , ryan ,blago…

  • Sheeran For President

    Stating the extremes is not showing evidence for change. Please find the median income for state university professors, as well as the mean and the standard deviation of the data so those of us with interest in reform can calculate for ourselves if there really is a need. Telling me the CEO of a company makes $10 million a year doesn’t make me want to attack the salaries of the people who work in his company.

  • pot vs kettle

    sounds like this senate is gearing
    up to give themselves a raise .
    rich mommy and daddy didnt
    give them enough and most are
    educationally stupid ! barney frank,
    carol mosley , Roland burris !
    CEOs and some proffessors make
    way too much money ! too

  • Me

    The majority of professors do not make anything CLOSE to those figures. Like stated above, find the median. The outliers are always more interesting, but tend to make BAD law. (Also it needs to be taken into account that at the larger universities professors are also involved in research…research which brings money and students and name recognition to the university. It’s more than Just Teaching…as if that wasn’t enough.)

  • Jim

    Professors teach to students while Senators appear to be useless for the taxpayers. While your recommending fixing 1 problem we have a recommendation for another one…

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  • Publius

    Those numbers are not at all representative. My salary as an assistant professor barely covers my living expenses.

  • LadySpirit

    Living expenses are relative. My sister rents subsidized at $201 (500 sf) which is 25% of her income. My brother rents modestly and not subsidized at $700 (700 sf) which is 35% of his income. I know both can say they barely cover their living expenses. As an assistant professor, what percentage do you pay in rent? More importantly, what kind of dwelling do you live in. Now ask me if I feel sorry for you when you are taking taxes out of their pockets.


    Sen. Martin Sandoval this maybe a small step. But you need to open the eyes of the public. Keep it up!

  • Reynaldo Imperial

    Useful to me. gfmniujrhgbj

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