CHICAGO (CBS) — Bradley Stephens is one of the highest-paid mayors in the country, earning a $260,000 salary as the mayor of Rosemont, a village with a population of 4,200. Now he stands to earn another $69,000 a year as a state representative.

Stephens was sworn in as state representative for the 20th District last month, replacing Michael McAuliffe, who resigned after serving 46 years in office.

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In an interview with CBS 2 Morning Insider Lauren Victory, Stephens said he has no plans to resign as mayor after taking on the new position, and he defended taking two taxpayer-funded salaries at once.

“Is a legislator really a full-time job, a state legislator? I don’t think so. A lot of the legislators have other full-time jobs,” he said. “I don’t think that, at the end of the day, that what I’ll be getting is beyond fair.”

Stephens is keeping 100% of his legislative salary, but he said that’s not the case with his Rosemont salary.

His $260,000 salary as mayor works out to about $1,000 per weekday, which Stephens vowed not to accept when he’s at the Illinois state capitol.

“The days that I’m in Springfield, and I know this is a big question, I’ll be using my vacation time that I’ve earned over the last 30 years here working for the village, and docking myself the days that I don’t use vacation,” he said.

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Stephens said he’s confident he can juggle the responsibilities of mayor and state representative.

“In today’s world with the electronic age, so to say, I think that it’s a lot more manageable,” he said. “I’ll stay on top of things either through email, through phone calls, and whatever means necessary to make sure that I keep a firm hold on everything.”

He also said his constituents in neighboring areas need not worry about him favoring Rosemont when he votes in Springfield.

“Obviously, I represent Schiller Park as well, and that would have to be something that I have to understand in my new role,” he said.

Stephens said he’s also declining his state pension, as well as other state benefits like health insurance.

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While he was appointed to his seat in the House, he already has begun circulating petitions for a possible run for a second term in 2020.