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New Deputy Governor Set To Receive Part Of Salary From Employee Health Fund

Phil Masterton

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's new deputy governor is scheduled to receive half of her pay out of an employee health care account that is more than $4 billion behind on its bills due to the state's budget crisis.

The other half of Republican Leslie Munger's $138,000 salary is slated to be taken from money used to pay Medicaid providers and prescription drug costs, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Susana Mendoza beat Munger in the race for Illinois comptroller in the Nov. election.

The state has gone without a full budget for nearly two years. 

  • The Associated Press and Jessie Schlacks contributed to this report.
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