Sunday, February 5, 2012
Leslie Hairston's Pay Raises; or, the High Cost of South Side Living
posted by chicago pop
There's a good chance 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston makes more than you. Unless you make more than $114,913, which is a healthy amount, but not unusual for a public servant in this financially well-endowed metropolis. What's interesting about this figure is that it results from legislatively authorized 'automatic adjustments' to council member incomes to match Chicago's 'cost of living.'
Given the way property taxes in the HP-K zip codes have been shooting up the last year or so, I think we could all use some city council - generated automatic adjustments. Alas, pity those without the power to raise their own salaries.
Thanks to HPP reader CD for the pointer to this helpful graph in the Chicago Tribune.
[Source: 'What Chicago aldermen make,' Chicago Tribune, January 29, 2012]