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Rosemont, Orland Park mayoral pay ranks among tops in the... world?

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By South Cook News | Mar 15, 2017

Rosemont and Orland Park pay their mayors more than Rome, the capital of Italy.

Tokyo has 13.29 million people.

Rosemont has just over 4,200.

But at $260,000 per year, Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens outearns his counterpart in Japan’s largest city, Yuriko Koike, by 9 percent.

Koike makes $238,000, $22,000 less than Stephens.

A Local Government Information Services (LGIS) analysis of mayoral pay around the world found that Stephens and Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin sit in rarefied air.

Stephens ranked second among 50 cities surveyed; McLaughlin, who makes $150,000 per year to run a city of just under 60,000, ranked 30th. Those two and Albany, New York Mayor Jackie Buskupski ($134,000) represented the the only mayors in the Top 50 whose communities had fewer than 100,000 people.

Albany, the state capital of New York, has a population of 98,424.

Rosemont, of course, is atypical as a booming convention and hotel hub adjacent to O’Hare Airport. Its population is small, but its business activity is big.

But Orland Park, a mid-sized commuter suburb of cul-de-sacs and subdivisions in the southwest corner of Cook County is typical. And it pays more for its mayor than Madrid, ($101,190), Moscow ($96,987), Rome ($57,699) and Paris ($9,242).

McLaughlin, whose pay was suddenly increased last year from $40,000 to $150,000, earns the same as the mayors of Tampa, Florida and Milwaukee and more than the mayors of Cleveland, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Miami, Phoenix, Dallas and San Antonio.

In Illinois, after Stephens, the highest-paid mayor is Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel at $216,000. The mayor of Tinley Park earned $62,286 last year. In Naperville, the mayor earned $20,000.

Indiana’s highest paid mayor, according to an Indianapolis Star analysis, is Gary’s Karen Freeman-Wilson, who earns $129,922. In Greenwood, an Indianapolis suburb of 55,586 similar to Orland Park, Mayor Mark Myers earns $74,494.

Highest Paid Mayors in the World




1San Francisco USA Ed Lee $289,000 837,442
2Rosemont USA Brad Stephens $260,000 4,236
3Vienna Austria Michael Haupl $258,000 1.741 M
4Los Angeles USA Eric Garcetti $238,000 3.884 M
5Tokyo Japan Yuriko Koike $238,000 13.29 M
6Houston USA Sylvester Turner $235,000 2.196 M
7Helsinki Finland Jussi Pajunen $229,000 599,676
8New York CityUSA Bill de Blasio $225,000 8.406 M
9Philadelphia USA James Kenney $218,000 1.553 M
10Chicago USA Rahm Emanuel $216,000 2.719 M
11London England Sadiq Khan $208,000 8.674 M
12Stockholm Sweden Karin Wanngard $207,000 932,917
13Oslo Norway Marianne Borgen $207,000 618,683
14Calgary Canada Naheed Nenshi $205,000 1.097 M
15Washington, D.C. USA Muriel Bowser $200,000 658,893
16Atlanta USA Kasim Reed $185,000 463,878
17Orlando USA Buddy Dyer $178,000 255,483
18Detroit USA Mike Dugan $177,000 688,701
19Boston USA Martin Walsh $175,000 645,966
20Seattle USA Ed Murray $175,000 652,405
21Jacksonville USA Lenny Curry $174,000 842,583
22Columbus USA Andrea Ginther $173,000 822,553
23Denver USA Michael Hancock $172,000 649,495
24Baltimore USA Catherine Pugh $171,000 622,104
25Memphis USA Jim Strickland $171,000 653,450
26Honolulu USA Kirk Caldwell $165,000 374,658
27New Orleans USA Mitch Landrieu $155,000 378,715
28Tampa USA Bob Buckhorn $150,000 352,957
29Milwaukee USA Tom Barrett $150,000 599,164
30Orland Park USA Dan McLaughlin $150,000 58,590
31Cleveland USA Frank Jackson $140,000 390,113
32Las Vegas USA Carolyn Goodman $139,000 603,488
33Nashville USA Megan Barry $137,000 678,889
34Albany USA Kathy Sheehan $136,000 98,424
35Salt Lake City USA Jackie Buskupski $134,000 191,180
36Portland USA Charlie Hales $134,000 609,456
37Anchorage USA Ethan Berkowitz $133,000 300,950
38St. Paul USA Chris Coleman $132,000 294,873
39St. Louis USA Francis Slay $132,000 318,416
40Kansas City USA Sly James $129,000 467,007
41Cincinnati USA John Cranley $128,000 297,517
42Sacramento USA Darrell Steinberg $128,000 479,686
43Louisville USA Greg Fischer $118,000 760,026
44San Jose USA Sam Liccardo $114,000 998,537
45Boise USA David Bieter $113,000 214,237
46MinneapolisUSA Betsy Hoges$110,000 400,070
47Buffalo USA Byron Brown $106,000 258,959
48Albuquerque USA Richard Berry $104,000 556,495
49Omaha USAJean Stothert $103,000 434,353
50Pittsburgh USA Bill Peduto $102,000 305,841

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