Highest Paid State Employee? Lovie


Urbana – Despite being one of the lowest paid coaches in the BIG 10 new Illini football coach Lovie Smith is now the highest paid state employee in Illinois.

With a 6 year $21 million dollar deal the 58 year old Smith makes more money than Governor Rauner, legislative leaders and professors at Illinois’ largest university.

University of Illinois officials anticipated facing questions about how the school is paying millions of dollars to hire a new football coach amid a state financial crisis. But they stress that the money to hire former Bears coach Smith comes from athletics funds and not school funds depleted by declining state aid.


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