According to NBC Chicago.com, 235 of Governor Quinn’s staff received pay raises averaging 11% this year.

Of the 235 who received a pay raise in 2010, 225 of them received more than a five percent pay hike. Those rewarded with a fatter check include a labor relations expert whose pay increase is more than $5,000, to the local tourism marketing manager who received more than a $10,000 pay hike.

“You have to pay people appropriately in order to get them and keep them,” Quinn said.

The pay raises range from $300 a year to $40,000 a year. The average raise for these non-union employees is 11 percent — that’s four times higher than private industry expectations.

NBC Chicago discovered the pay hikes through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Earlier this summer, AP uncovered pay raises given to 43 workers in the governor’s office.