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THE BONUS ROUND
Some people get a fruitcake; others get 396 percent of their annual income. We scoured SEC filings and other sources to find out what a few bigwigs made in bonuses.

WHO
IRENE ROSENFELD
CEO,
Kraft Foods
TED LILLY
Starting pitcher,
Chicago Cubs
KEVIN BENSON
President and CEO,
Laidlaw International**
RONALD TAYLOR
CEO,
DeVry Inc.
BRIAN GAMACHE
CEO,
WMS Industries***
TOTAL PAY
$6.45 million* (2006)
$9 million (2007)
$1.89 million
$1.71 million
$1.23 million
BASE SALARY
$1.3 million
$5 million
$663,667
$900,000
$737,500
BONUS
$5.15 million
$4 million
$1.23 million
$810,113
$493,670
BONUS AS PERCENTAGE OF SALARY
396
80
185
90
67
BONUS IN NUMBER OF ...
16-slice packages of Kraft American Singles:
1,122,004
16-ounce cups of Old Style at Wrigley Field:
727,273
Roundtrip Greyhound bus tickets between Chicago and Milwaukee:
51,250
Semesters (tuition only) at DeVry University's Illinois campuses:
131
25-cent plays on a Hot Hot Super Jackpot slot machine:
1,974,680

 
* Does not include award of restricted stock worth between $3.1 million and $8.8 million. (Additional source: Chicago Tribune) (Additional sources: Chicago Tribune, sportsline.cnn.com) **Naperville-based holding company for Greyhound bus lines   ***Waukegan-based gaming company. (Additional source: Daily Herald)

 

THEN AND NOW
Forty years ago, a Daley helmed City Hall (Richard J.), a pro sports franchise finished the regular season first in the regular season first in its league (the Blackhawks), and teacherse eked by on a slender income ($6,000). To see how things have changed, we took a look at a few salaries over time.

 
1967
IN TODAY'S DOLLARS*
INFLATION-ADJUSTED INCOME
TODAY
Median U.S. wage for women
$2,296
$13,852
70%
$23,546
(2005 - most recent year available)
Median U.S. wage for men
$5,974
$36,059
-3%
$34,926
(2005 - most recent year available)
Average major league baseball player
$19,000
(Source: usatoday.com)
$114,683
2,254%
$2,699,292
(White Sox player Joe Crede came the closest locally at $2.68 million in 2006; he'll make $4.94 million in 2007)
(Source: sportsline.com)
Evanston District 65 teacher
$6,000
$36,216
89%
$68,571
Brian Stone, business education teacher, Evanston Township High School
Average faculty member, Northwestern University
$13,899
(Source: Time)
$83,893
38%
$115,800**
Entry-level nurse 
$6,500**
$39,234
22%
$48,048
Chicago Department of Health
Entry-level police officer, Chicago Police Department
$6,792**
$40,996
5%
$43,104
Director of a City of Chicago mental health center
$11,364**
$68,592
1%
$69,168
John M. Fusco
Entry-level librarian
$7,000**
$42,252
-1%
$41,688
Chicago Public Library
Evanston mayor
$3,600**
$21,729
-22%
$17,000**
Lorraine Morton
(2005 - most recent year available)
Average entry-level college grad with a degree in science or engineering
$8,400**
$50,702
-27%
$37,000
Stephanie McNee, cognitive science research assistant, University of Chicago
*Adjusted to 2006 rate using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index.
**Source: Chicago Tribune

 

PUNCHING IN
It's been some time since most multimillionaires laid eyes on a timecard—or saw a nine-to-five workday, for that matter—but in an effort to wrap our heads around the salaries of a few folks hauling down the big bucks, we broke down their paychecks into hourly wages, based on a 40-hour workweek.

Median hourly wage of a U.S. worker: $18.62 (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
WHO
OPRAH WINFREY
Chairman,
Harpo Inc.
EDWARD J. ZANDER
CEO,
Motorola
W. JAMES McNERNEY JR.
CEO,
Boeing Company
PAUL B. MULHOLLEM
President and CEO,
Archer Daniels Midland
BRENDA C. BARNES
CEO,
Sara Lee
CRAIG P. OMTVEDT
Senior vice president and CFO,
Fortune Brands
DAVID B. VERMYLEN
President and COO,
Treehouse Foods
MICHAEL G. STEIN
Executive vice president,
Corus Bank N.A.
SALARY (2006)
Approx. $225 million*
$4.87 million**
$3.57 million**
$1.67 million***
(retired)
$1.43 million**
$555,000***
$$555,000***
$275,000***
HOURLY WAGE
$108,173
$2,341
$1,716
$803
$688
$267
$240
$132
*Source: Forbes. ***Source: Chicago Tribune. ***Source: Crain's Chicago Business 2007 Book of Lists

 

HEAD TO HEAD
We pitted several Chicagoans one-on-one against each other to measure performance—of a sort.
CEDRIC BENSON
Running back, Chicago Bears
Salary: $5.67 million*
Dollars per yard rushed
(2006 season):

$8,764
THOMAS JONES
Running back, Chicago Bears
Salary: $1.85 million*
Dollars per yard rushed
(2006 season):

$344
BEN GORDON
Guard, Chicago Bulls
Salary: $3.86 million*
Dollars per point scored
(2005-06 season):

$2,861
KIRK HINRICH
Guard, Chicago Bulls
Salary: $3.19 million*
Dollars per point scored
(2005-06 season):

$2,484
JOHN W. McCARTER JR.
President and trustee, Field Museum
Salary (2005): $434,534
Pay per visitor (2005):
33 cents
DAVID MOSENA
President, Museum of Science and Industry
Salary (2005): $371,392
Pay per visitor (2005):
21 cents
HENRY S. BIENEN
President, Northwestern University
Salary (2006-07): $650,500**
Dollars per undergraduate student enrolled (fall 2006):
$82 
SYLVIA MANNING
Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Salary (2006-07): $321,000**
Dollars per undergraduate student enrolled (fall 2006):
$21 
GARY CATALANI
Superintendent, Community Unit School District 200, Wheaton
Salary (2005-06): $380,227***
Pay per student:
$27
GARY CATALANI
CEO, Chicago Public Schools
Salary (2005-06): $208,316***
Pay per student:
49 cents
 

 

LOSER WINS?
Charting success versus salaries for leaders of Chicago teams shows you don't always get what you pay for.

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