Government Law

Assistant State's Attorney Starting Pay May Jump from $40K to $53K in One Chicago Burb

Government entities are belt-tightening throughout the country, but there’s good news for young lawyers in one suburban Chicago location.

Saying that he’s tired of seeing seasoned prosecutors move to other collar counties with higher pay and lower caseloads, the Kane County State’s Attorney is proposing to raise starting salaries in his office, the Courier-News reports.

The proposed salary hike is significant—starting pay would leap from $40,000 to $53,000 under the plan announced today at a press conference by Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon. He also wants to see upward adjustments for those with experience.

McMahon says starting salaries for prosecutors in neighboring counties are: $54,100, DuPage; $53,700, Lake; $51,600, McHenry; and $51,600, Will.

Despite the downturn, “we have to be aware the failure to pay a competitive wage will lead to our talented and experienced assistant state’s attorneys going to other counties,” he said. “I want the best and brightest to work here in Kane County. That has a direct impact on public safety.”

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