When I was a freshman State Representative in 1973, State Reps. were paid $17,500.
Chicago Aldermen were paid $10,000.
Now legislators are paid are paid $67,836, higher if they are a committee chairman or spokesman (which most are).
The lowest-paid Chicago Aldermen get more than $100,000–$104,928 to be exact.
And there are leadership add-ons.
One can talk about the greed of state legislators, but it pales in comparison to Chicago aldermen.