The top Chicagoans in the Obama White House also earn the top White House salaries--capped at $172,200, according to a list released Wednesday.
The $172,200 earners from Chicago: David Axelrod, Senior Adviser; Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff; Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser, Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement and Susan Sher, Chief of Staff to the First Lady.
Tina Tchen, the director of the office of public engagement makes $153,500; Desiree Rogers, the Social Secretary earns $113,000.
Nate Tamarin--with the Obama political operation when he was a senator--draws a $95,000 paycheck as the associate director of the White House political affairs office and Joe Reinstein, a deputy social secretary makes $65,000.
Others: Also on the $172,200 list:
Senior Adviser Melody Barnes; Director of the Domestic Policy Council John Brennan; Deputy National Security Adviser for Counterterrorism Elizabeth Brown; Staff Secretary Carol Browner; Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Greg Craig, White House Counsel
Thomas Donilon Deputy National Security Adviser; Anita Dunn, Director of Communications; Jonathan Favreau, Director of Speechwriting; Patrick Gaspard, Director of Political Affairs; Robert Gibbs, Press Secretary
James Jones, National Security Adviser; Christopher Lu, Cabinet Secretary; Alyssa Mastromonaco, Director of Scheduling and Advance; James Messina, Deputy Chief of Staff.
Peter Rouse, Senior Adviser; Philip Schiliro, Director of Legislative Affairs; Lawrence Summers, Director of the National Economic Council Mona Sutphen, Deputy Chief of Staff.
President Obama makes $400,000.
The White House sent Congress a list of 487 "White House Office" staffers, under a requirement in place since 1995. The Obama White House met the July 1 deadline by posting the name, title and salary of 487 staffers at the www.whitehouse.gov web site, but did not draw attention to it by announcing it via a press release.
"We make news on our blog all the time," said spokesman Josh Earnest.
The White House added names not mandated by Congress--of staffers in the Office of Policy Development, including the Domestic Policy Council and the National Economic Council--but did not, for example, include the Vice President's office or the Office of Management and Budget.
Earnest said "we're looking at ways we can disclose" the salary information of more White House staffers.