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1. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $392 million
Number of positions: 6k

Data year: 2017
2. University of Illinois at Chicago Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $349 million
Number of positions: 4k

Data year: 2017
3. City Colleges of Chicago Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $206 million
Number of positions: 6k

Data year: 2017
4. Illinois State University Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $106 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017
5. Northern Illinois University Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $106 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017
6. Southern Illinois University Carbondale Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $89 million
Number of positions: 1k

Data year: 2017
7. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $68 million
Number of positions: 1k

Data year: 2017
8. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $65 million
Number of positions: 450

Data year: 2017
9. Western Illinois University Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $60 million
Number of positions: 932

Data year: 2017
10. College of DuPage Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $59 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017
11. Governors State University Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $58 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017
12. Chicago State University Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $44 million
Number of positions: 1k

Data year: 2017
13. Eastern Illinois University Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $44 million
Number of positions: 546

Data year: 2017
14. Northeastern Illinois University Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $42 million
Number of positions: 713

Data year: 2017
15. Joliet Junior College Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $40 million
Number of positions: 850

Data year: 2017
16. College of Lake County Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $38 million
Number of positions: 1k

Data year: 2017
17. William Rainey Harper College Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $32 million
Number of positions: 813

Data year: 2017
18. Oakton Community College Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $31 million
Number of positions: 776

Data year: 2017
19. Moraine Valley Community College Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $30 million
Number of positions: 918

Data year: 2017
20. Elgin Community College Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $25 million
Number of positions: 573

Data year: 2017
21. Parkland College Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $24 million
Number of positions: 622

Data year: 2017
22. University of Illinois at Springfield Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $23 million
Number of positions: 498

Data year: 2017
23. Southwestern Illinois College Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $23 million
Number of positions: 841

Data year: 2017
24. Illinois Central College Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $21 million
Number of positions: 694

Data year: 2017
25. Lincoln Land Community College Unit Higher Education

Salary expenditure: $20 million
Number of positions: 504

Data year: 2017

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