CAN RAHM EMANUEL MANAGE CHICAGO?
Published at Forbes
Chicago is in trouble and continues to flirt with junk bond status.
But the city's financial woes aren't stopping 10,600 government employees from bringing home six-figure salaries and higher. This includes 1,000 city workers who earned $40,000 or more last year in overtime pay.
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We found plumbers pulling down $160,859; auto pound supervisors making $144,453; truck drivers earning up to $134,365; sewer brick layers making $133,387; and tree trimmers earning $109,456.
our interactive map of the 10,600 Chicago public employees making $100,000 and costing taxpayer $1.3 billion. Just click a pin (by ZIP code) and scroll down to see the results rendered in the chart beneath the map.
Here are a few examples of what you'll uncover:
- $283 million in overtime costs - police ($143 million), fire ($71 million), and another $68.5 million from a myriad of city agencies. Incidentally, $143 million is equivalent to the first-year cost of fielding 1,030 new police officers!
- Ginger Evans, Commissioner of Aviation, is the most highly compensated Chicago employee. She made $400,000 and double dipped the system by receiving a $300,000 salary and a $100,000 bonus. Emanuel picked Evans to replace Rosemarie Andolino - who made $187,000 with no bonus.
- More than 700 employees at the Water Management Dept. earned more than $100,000 costing taxpayers $85 million including 'plumbers' ($160,859), 'machinists' ($168,823), 'construction laborers' ($137,488), 'painters' ($133,387) and 'sewer brick layers' ($133,387).
- More than 160 employees at Streets and Sanitation made over $100,000, including 'motor truck drivers' receiving up to $134,365; 'auto pound supervisors' making $144,453; and 'tree trimmers' bringing in $109,456. Sadly, Emanuel doesn't seem have a similar passion for trimming the city's budget.
There's a lot more to the story...
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