The Governor must be at least 25 years old and a resident of the state for the three years preceding his election, and a citizen. The governor receives a salary of $150,691 and can be re-elected. The Governors term is 4 years.
The governor of the state of Illinois has many other duties:
The governor appoints many members of the state government. Many of these appointed require the approval of the Senate. The Governor may also remove any of these officials he or she feels are incomplete.
With the approval of the General Assembly the Governor may reorganize any executive agencies in the state which are responsible to the Governor.
The Governor may grant pardons, commutations, and reprieves as he or she thinks proper.
The Governor, at the beginning of each session, and at the close of the Governor's term of office, shall report to the General Assembly on the condition of the state.
The Governor is commander-in-chief of the state militia, except in cases of national emergency when they are called into federal service. (They are then under the control of the President of the United States.)
The Governor may call special sessions of the General Assembly.
The governor also has three different kinds of vetoes:
1. The regular veto in which the whole bill is rejected, much like the veto of the President.
2. The item or reduction veto. This is for appropriation bills only where the governor simply changes the appropriation. The houses can pass over this veto by simply accepting the appropriation change.
3. The amendatory veto. If the Governor notes specific recommendations the house can pass bill by simply accepting the specific recommendations.
If I were a governor I would only appoint people who are intelligent and also are not raises to any raise.