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1. Illinois Unit State

Salary expenditure: $5 billion
Number of positions: 75k

Data year: 2017
2. City of Chicago Unit Chicago Municipal

Salary expenditure: $3 billion
Number of positions: 36k

Data year: 2017
3. Chicago Public Schools Unit Chicago School District

Salary expenditure: $2 billion
Number of positions: 49k

Data year: 2017
4. Cook County Unit Cook or Collar County

Salary expenditure: $2 billion
Number of positions: 21k

Data year: 2017
5. Chicago Transit Authority Unit Chicago Municipal

Salary expenditure: $690 million
Number of positions: 11k

Data year: 2017
6. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign Unit Higher Education

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

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

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

Data year: 2017
8. METRA Unit Regional

Salary expenditure: $237 million
Number of positions: 3k

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

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

Data year: 2017
10. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Unit Regional

Salary expenditure: $190 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017
11. SD U-46 Unit School District

Salary expenditure: $181 million
Number of positions: 3k

Data year: 2017
12. Lake County Unit Cook or Collar County

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

Data year: 2017
13. DuPage County Unit Cook or Collar County

Salary expenditure: $149 million
Number of positions: 3k

Data year: 2017
14. Indian Prairie CUSD 204 Unit School District

Salary expenditure: $144 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017
15. Naperville CUSD 203 Unit School District

Salary expenditure: $123 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017
16. Rockford SD 205 Unit School District

Salary expenditure: $123 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017
17. Plainfield SD 202 Unit School District

Salary expenditure: $121 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017
18. Will County Unit Cook or Collar County

Salary expenditure: $116 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017
19. Springfield Unit Municipal

Salary expenditure: $112 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017
20. Chicago Park District Unit Chicago Park District

Salary expenditure: $109 million
Number of positions: 3k

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

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

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

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

Data year: 2017
23. Pace Suburban Bus Service Unit Regional

Salary expenditure: $104 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017
24. Township HSD 214 Unit School District

Salary expenditure: $102 million
Number of positions: 1k

Data year: 2017
25. CUSD 300 Unit School District

Salary expenditure: $101 million
Number of positions: 2k

Data year: 2017

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