Rauner Bans Payroll 'Off-Shoring' by Governors

Aug 1, 2018

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring his and future administrations to pay employees from the budgets of the agencies they're working for.

The Republican signed a ban on payroll "off-shoring" by governors. It was pushed by Democratic state Comptroller Susana Mendoza. She's feuded with Rauner. 

For decades Illinois governors have masked the sizes of their payrolls by paying some employees from other agencies. A high-priced gubernatorial adviser might be paid from the Human Services or Transportation departments. 

An August 2015 analysis found that payroll for all employees reporting to Rauner was $8 million. Rauner's payroll budget was only $4 million.

It's all tax money. But Mendoza and others complained that the practice siphons money from important policy initiatives.