In every county of Illinois, from the heavily populated Cook in the north to the rural Alexander in the state's southern most tip, you can find a state employee who earned more than $100,000 last year.
State government's "$100,000 club" has 6,215 members, about 8.2 percent of the state's workforce.
Those employees earned about 17 percent, or about $780 million, of the $4.5 billion payroll, according to an analysis of 2012 payroll information provided by the state comptroller's office.
DuPage County has the largest percentage of its state employee population earning more than $100,000. Nearly 13 percent of the state workers living in DuPage are members of the club. Will and McHenry are two other collar counties surrounding Chicago where at least 10 percent of its resident state workers made more than $100,000.
In Downstate Illinois, four counties — Tazewell, Jersey, Madison and Moultrie — exceed that 10 percent mark.
Although $100,000-plus state employees can be found throughout the state, a greater percentage of them live in and around Chicago.
Cook and the surrounding counties of DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will have just more than 24,400 state employees living in them. About 10 percent of those make more than $100,000.
The 16 most southern counties in Illinois have 7,022 state employees, but 348 of them — less than 5 percent — make more than $100,000.
The $100,000 state worker populations for other counties of note:
* Sangamon County, 1,391 of 14,209 (9.79 percent).
* Peoria County, 60 of 735 (8.16 percent)
* Winnebago County, 82 of 870 (9.43 percent)
* Knox County, 25 of 396 (6.31 percent)
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