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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Records show how much Lake County school districts have paid for spiking teacher pensions ahead of retirement

Schools

By Local Labs News Service | May 1, 2018

Test 12

Out of school districts in Lake County, North Chicago School District 187 paid the most in penalties since 2005 for spiking employee salaries to boost outgoing teachers' retirement benefits, according to data obtained from the Teachers Retirement System of Illinois.

A 2005 law put the penalties in place to discourage districts from giving costly raises - any above 6 percent - that result in costlier pensions. While salaries are paid by districts, the state foots the bill for educators' retirement benefits.

Illinois penalizes districts for "pension spiking" by passing on the extra pension costs associated with hiking salaries in the years leading up to retirement.

Since 2005, the state has assessed more than $161 million in penalties, according to TRS data.

Lake County pensions spiking penalties, 2005-present

Rank
District
City
Members
Amount Assessed
Payments Made
Waivers Granted
Written-off
Current Balance
1
North Chicago School District 187
North Chicago
95
$654,829.82
$411,687.62
$243,124.09
$18.11

2
Round Lake Area SD 116
Round Lake
83
$548,958.91
$369,143.21
$176,700.05
$19.42

3
Hawthorn Community Consolidated School District 73
Vernon Hills
50
$353,704.11
$331,437.63
$22,255.70
$10.78

4
Deerfield School District 109
Deerfield
56
$273,859.26
$223,561.18
$50,258.23
$39.85

5
Libertyville CHSD 128
Vernon Hills
27
$962,377.21
$141,232.62
$821,144.46
$0.13

6
Libertyville District 70
Libertyville
15
$217,410.24
$135,453.03
$81,956.67
$0.54

7
Mundelein CHSD 120
Mundelein
37
$182,054.10
$125,999.63
$56,051.42
$3.05

8
Gurnee School District 56
Gurnee
29
$128,324.54
$102,225.14
$26,088.88
$10.52

9
Warren Township High School District 121
Gurnee
28
$366,524.29
$96,351.97
$270,165.26
$7.06

10
Wauconda Community Unit School District 118
Wauconda
41
$148,939.18
$80,588.28
$68,264.21
$86.69

11
Grayslake Community High School District 127
Grayslake
18
$75,835.96
$75,833.08

$2.88

12
SEJA 804 NSSED
Highland Park
32
$111,223.93
$69,963.14
$41,252.90
$7.89

13
Grant Community High School District 124
Fox Lake
17
$249,367.62
$64,552.73
$184,814.58
$0.31

14
Grayslake Community Consolidated School District 46
Grayslake
21
$77,599.40
$61,069.78
$10,135.40
$11.84
$6,382.38
15
Zion-Benton Township High School District 126
Zion
21
$182,733.37
$60,398.14
$122,334.19
$1.04

16
Lincolnshire-Prairie View 103
Lincolnshire
35
$113,476.59
$60,329.78
$53,126.72
$20.09

17
Fox Lake Grade SD 114
Spring Grove
14
$137,675.26
$58,388.53
$79,285.89
$0.84

18
Special Ed Dist of Lake County
Gages Lake
61
$58,217.65
$52,804.71
$5,387.41
$25.53

19
Lake Forest Community High School District 115
Lake Forest
21
$115,972.86
$50,153.48
$65,818.45
$0.93

20
Lake Forest School District 67
Lake Forest
17
$303,162.35
$46,784.91
$256,376.88
$0.56

21
Community High School Dist 117
Lake Villa
22
$166,941.01
$42,443.57
$124,495.43
$2.01

22
Woodland Community Consolidated School District 50
Gurnee
58
$342,091.76
$41,345.71
$300,725.51
$20.54

23
Lake County ROE
Grayslake
4
$40,735.58
$40,735.58

24
Highland Park TWP HSD 113
Highland Park
40
$78,015.01
$34,881.76

$12.82
$43,120.43
25
Beach Park Community Consolidated School District 3
Zion
37
$118,939.36
$34,833.57
$84,081.41
$24.38

26
Diamond Lake School District 76
Mundelein
11
$101,768.42
$31,901.47
$69,699.18
$1.70
$166.07
27
Lake Bluff Elementary SD 65
Lake Bluff
13
$72,686.89
$29,686.24
$42,997.51
$3.14

28
Antioch Community Consolidated School District 34
Antioch
19
$33,417.06
$17,530.20
$15,886.33
$0.53

29
Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95
Lake Zurich
27
$241,106.19
$16,802.46
$224,300.69
$3.04

30
Zion Elementary SD 6
Zion
21
$412,907.05
$15,389.55
$397,514.30
$3.20

31
Oak Grove School District 68
Libertyville
4
$13,954.39
$13,954.39

32
Gavin School District 37
Ingleside
11
$48,697.14
$12,633.40
$36,063.74

33
Big Hollow School District 38
Ingleside
5
$13,641.46
$8,290.63
$5,350.83

34
Lake Villa Community Consolidated School District 41
Lake Villa
16
$48,134.37
$7,657.41
$40,475.87
$1.09

35
Emmons School District 33
Antioch
7
$17,478.94
$7,347.77
$10,128.94
$2.23

36
Aptakisic Tripp Community Consolidated School District 102
Buffalo Grove
27
$525,630.01
$5,904.23
$519,723.07
$2.71

37
Rondout School District 72
Lake Forest
3
$5,771.20
$5,771.20

38
Lake County Area Vocational
Grayslake
6
$7,744.33
$5,745.83
$1,998.50

39
Fremont School District 79
Mundelein
14
$66,453.47
$5,597.72
$60,847.57
$8.18

40
Prairie Crossing
Grayslake
2
$5,227.07
$5,227.07

41
Grass Lake School District 36
Antioch
4
$4,070.06
$4,070.06

42
Winthrop Harbor School District 1
Winthrop Harbor
4
$7,632.12
$3,034.76
$4,597.36

43
Mundelein Elementary SD 75
Mundelein
6
$19,272.41
$3,027.06
$16,245.35

44
Millburn Community Consolidated School District 24
Wadsworth
16
$294.43
$279.39

$15.04

45
Bannockburn School District 106
Bannockburn
2
$99.29
$98.82

$0.47

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Organizations in this Story

Zion Elementary School District 6Vernon Hills Community High School District 128Beach Park Community Consolidated School District 3Millburn Community Consolidated School District 24Grass Lake School District 36Zion-Benton Township High School District 126Prairie CrossingLake County Area VocationalHighland Park TWP HSD 113Lake County ROESpecial Ed Dist of Lake CountySEJA 804 NSSEDHawthorn Community Consolidated School District 73Wauconda Community Unit School District 118Antioch Community Consolidated School District 34Winthrop Harbor School District 1Grayslake Community Consolidated School District 46Aptakisic-Tripp Community Consolidated School District 102Libertyville School District 70Woodland Community Consolidated School District 50Mundelein Elementary School District 75Lincolnshire Prairie View School District 103Rondout School District 72Lake Bluff Elementary School District 65Gurnee School District 56Mundelein Consolidated High School District 120Round Lake Community Unit School District 116Bannockburn School District 106Community High School District 117Warren Township High School District 121Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95Lake Forest Community High School District 115Lake Villa Community Consolidated School District 41Fremont School District 79Diamond Lake School District 76Grant Community High School District 124Fox Lake Grade School District 114Deerfield School District 109Oak Grove School District 68North Chicago Community Unit School District 187Big Hollow School District 38Grayslake Community High School District 127Gavin School District 37Emmons School District 33Lake Forest School District 67

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