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1. Illinois Unit State

Salary expenditure: $5 billion
Number of positions: 78k

Data year: 2018
2. City of Chicago Unit Chicago Municipal

Salary expenditure: $3 billion
Number of positions: 37k

Data year: 2018
3. Chicago Public Schools Unit Chicago School District

Salary expenditure: $2 billion
Number of positions: 42k

Data year: 2018
4. Cook County Unit Cook or Collar County

Salary expenditure: $899 million
Number of positions: 21k

Data year: 2018
5. Chicago Transit Authority Unit Chicago Municipal

Salary expenditure: $770 million
Number of positions: 11k

Data year: 2018
6. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $405 million
Number of positions: 5k

Data year: 2018
7. University of Illinois at Chicago Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $360 million
Number of positions: 4k

Data year: 2018
8. City Colleges of Chicago Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $318 million
Number of positions: 13k

Data year: 2018
9. METRA Unit Regional

Salary expenditure: $249 million
Number of positions: 3k

Data year: 2018
10. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Unit Regional

Salary expenditure: $193 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2018
11. Southern Illinois University Carbondale Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $164 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2018
12. SD U-46 Unit School District

Salary expenditure: $156 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2018
13. Lake County Unit Cook or Collar County

Salary expenditure: $153 million
Number of positions: 3k

Data year: 2018
14. DuPage County Unit Cook or Collar County

Salary expenditure: $151 million
Number of positions: 3k

Data year: 2018
15. Will County Unit Cook or Collar County

Salary expenditure: $131 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2018
16. Indian Prairie CUSD 204 Unit School District

Salary expenditure: $128 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2018
17. Rockford SD 205 Unit School District

Salary expenditure: $113 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2018
18. Pace Suburban Bus Service Unit Regional

Salary expenditure: $111 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2018
19. Illinois State University Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $110 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2018
20. Northern Illinois University Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $109 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2018
21. Plainfield SD 202 Unit School District

Salary expenditure: $105 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2018
22. Aurora Unit Municipal

Salary expenditure: $97 million
Number of positions: 915

Data year: 2018
23. Naperville Unit Municipal

Salary expenditure: $96 million
Number of positions: 1k

Data year: 2018
24. Joliet Unit Municipal

Salary expenditure: $93 million
Number of positions: 956

Data year: 2018
25. Schaumburg CCSD 54 Unit School District

Salary expenditure: $92 million
Number of positions: 1k

Data year: 2018

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