Cut Aldercreatures' Budgets?
- Mayor Daley’s corruption fighting inspector general said today he has prepared an analysis of cost-cutting “options” that could help solve Chicago’s financial crisis, but aldermen whose spending could be in the crosshairs questioned the timing.
Joe Ferguson plans to release the report on Monday, midway through City Council hearings on a 2011 budget precariously balanced with a trick bag of one-shot revenues that includes another raid on parking meter and Chicago Skyway reserves.[...] High on any cost-cutting list could be the $19.5 million-a-year it costs to maintain 50 aldermen and the $4.7 million annual price tag for having 19 standing City Council committees.
Whether or not Ferguson targets those items, aldermen appeared concerned about it.
We really need someone inspirational to get this crap under control - disband county government, cut the aldercreatures to 25, create a business-friendly environment that isn't based on favors and bribes.