In her role as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's education policy adviser, Beth Purvis is pulling in a $250,000 annual salary, the Associated Press reports.
That salary is more than twice as large as the earnings of previous officials in the position. Of Rauner's Cabinet members, Purvis, the former head of the Chicago International Charter School (CICS), is earning the largest salary, according to the news organization.
The former CICS CEO told the AP that the $250,000 salary is "commensurate with what I've been paid in the past."
Purvis' salary is raising eyebrows among some Democratic legislators.
"We want the most talented people to take a turn serving in government," said state Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park). "But most all of us in public service are paid considerably less than if we used our talents in private enterprise. That sort of sacrifice is typically part of the public service deal."