Out of school districts in North Egypt, Mt Vernon School District 80 paid the most in penalties since 2005 for spiking employee salaries to boost outgoing teachers' retirement benefits, according to data obtained from the Teachers Retirement System of Illinois.
A 2005 law put the penalties in place to discourage districts from giving costly raises - any above 6 percent - that result in costlier pensions. While salaries are paid by districts, the state foots the bill for educators' retirement benefits.
Illinois penalizes districts for "pension spiking" by passing on the extra pension costs associated with hiking salaries in the years leading up to retirement.
Since 2005, the state has assessed more than $161 million in penalties, according to TRS data.
North Egypt pensions spiking penalties, 2005-present
Mt Vernon School District 80
Summersville School District 79
Waltonville Community Unit School District 1
Bethel School District 82
Frankfort Community Unit School District 168
Spring Garden Community Consolidated School District 178
Benton Community Consolidated School District 47
Christopher Unit School District 99
Mt Vernon Township High School District 201
Thompsonville Community Unit School District 174
Farrington Community Consolidated School District 99
Akin Community Consolidated School District 91
Sesser-Valier Community Unit School District 196
Zeigler Royalton CUSD 188
Field Community Consolidated School District 3
Franklin-Jefferson Spec Educ
Rome Community Consolidated School District 2