City salaries vary across local governments

Ani Ajith

Correction: The administrative services position was made up of the finance, information technology and human resources departments, not the health department as stated below.

The City of Evanston recently released specific salary information about all of its employees, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The information is public record but is not broken down into specific listings unless requested.

The villages of Skokie and Wilmette have disclosed similar information in budget documents and online documents over the past several years.

While local government structure is largely identical across the three towns, Evanston has a unique Administrative Services department and also controls the library and parks through the city government. Different governing bodies manage Skokie and Wilmette parks and libraries.

Most Evanston, Skokie and Wilmette department-level directors earn salaries within a few thousand dollars of each other.