Chicago Tribune Reporter Joe Mahr: Ron Guenther’s raise “was clearly a case where taxpayers had to step up and subsidize”

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**FILE** Univeristy of Illinois mascot "Chief Illiniwek" performs at halftime of a football game in Champaign, Ill., in an Oct. 14, 2000, file photo. Ron Guenther, the school's athletic director said in an interview published Monday, June 26, 2006, that the Chief likely will dance at home football games this fall and might dance at basketball games as well, even though doing so would keep other sports from hosting NCAA postseason events. The board of trustees has not settled on a solution to the long-simmering debate over the Chief's future. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Chicago Tribune Reporter Joe Mahr explains the current era’s pension spiking, after finding that a former University of Illinois athletic director makes close to $500,000 annual taxpayer-funded pension.