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Quinn spokeswoman gets 48% pay increase

Updated: June 26, 2011 2:19AM

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget office spokeswoman will be making nearly 50 percent more money after receiving an additional job title this spring.

Kelly Ann Krapf, a former broadcast reporter who uses the name Kelly Kraft, received a salary boost from about $71,000 to more than $105,000.

Krapf, 38, joined the budget office in 2009 after working at the Fox News television station in Chicago. Quinn spokeswoman Annie Thompson said Krapf now holds a dual position of communications director and assistant director of the office.

“In her new role, Kelly formally combines the communications role with the fiscal one to create a seamless position that helps to ensure that the complex issues surrounding the budget are articulated effectively to decision makers and Illinois residents alike,” Thompson wrote in an e-mail to the Bloomington Pantagraph.

In a story published Saturday, the Pantagraph said it wasn’t clear whether Krapf had any formal training in financial management or governmental budgeting.

Last year, an Associated Press analysis revealed that Quinn had given 43 salary increases averaging 11.4 percent to 35 staffers over the previous 15 months. The raises were handed out at the same time Quinn was proclaiming a message of “shared sacrifice” and calling for deep spending cuts because of the state’s financial crisis. A Quinn spokeswoman said half of those salary increases were the result of a promotion or a change in job title with an added workload.


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