Saturday, October 23, 2010

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.

Everyone else is being forced into sacrifices. But not them. Not their "discretionary" funds. It's exactly this sort of thing, along with ol' Hogballs stealing money, because Chicago voters are inured to the outrage of politicians stealing their money.

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.

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Anonymous The Box Chevy Phantom said...

Alderwhores and flies...

The more we hear of alderwhores, the more we like flies...

10/23/2010 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, discretionary funds. You mean, like the money spent resurfacing my street and the four surrounding blocks last week? Four streets that didn't need resurfacing at all? THOSE discretionary funds?

10/23/2010 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I wanted to go the extra mile to protect my student's interests," Protess said. "When my students do reporting, they turn in memos to me for the purpose of getting an evaluation and a grade. They don't turn it in with the expectation that they will be fodder for (trial) discovery."


Oh we are liberal students with an agenda that have no standards, that ruined some lives, such as the coppers who got sued, the victims family who lost justice, when you enter the real world there are repercussions NU students and staff. Time to face the state of IL ASA office, why can't these people (students and professors) who made up facts to get people off murders go to the federal pen? That would be awesome. Me and some others are rooting for the IL SA office to put them in prison.

10/23/2010 01:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ex-aldercreature Arenda Troutman said it best -"They're all thieves and whores" She should know.

10/23/2010 06:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ald. Shiller Unhappy With IG's Cost-Cutting Ideas
(But She Hasn't Even Heard Them Yet)

According to the Sun-Times,
“It’ll be presented to us as being a criticism of what we’re doing, [that] clearly we’re screwed up. Why can’t we do it that way and put us on the defensive before we even can read it and know if that’s true. That is crazy,” said retiring Ald. Helen Shiller (46th)

Thank God this moron is retiring. I hope she's one of the alderclowns who go down with Isaac Carothers with his wired corruption scandal. Word was the council retirees would be able to save their pensions if they retired prior to corruption convictions and Shiller was on the same Police & Fire Committee, no doubt getting inside info and feeding it to her lawyer son whose career revolved around suing the Police Dept. How sweet would it be to see her AND her pos lawyer son Federally charged and having to answer for their corrupt activities over the years?

10/23/2010 07:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago ain't ready for reform.

10/23/2010 08:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, yes!!!!

10/23/2010 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the city council is like that game where....they put one is a machine that blows $$$/tax money around and the guy tries to grabb all he can. same thing

10/23/2010 01:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So why do they never want to talk about Ward reduction? 25 wards for 25 police districts. Even the media is afraid to talk about it.

10/23/2010 04:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At last, sensible people are starting to prevail.

Discretionary funds means spending $4,000 or more of taxpayers money to a public relations firm or making brochures and flyers to let taxpayers know the aldercreature is having your street repaired, except the streets being repaired are not in this aldercreature's district.

Finally, we get a real government and not a bunch of lying, thieving crooks.

10/23/2010 04:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

At last, sensible people are starting to prevail.

Finally, we get a real government and not a bunch of lying, thieving crooks.

10/23/2010 04:49:00 PM

Really? When did that happen because I must have missed it.

10/24/2010 01:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget, this is a part-time job too. They should have to account for every dime they spend.

10/24/2010 01:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cut them to 25? That'd still be a City Council twice the size of most.

Let's not be timid here:

TWELEVE ALDERMEN, that oughta do the trick!

10/25/2010 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about 20 police districts and 20 aldercreatures
that's 5 less command staff

10/25/2010 03:46:00 PM  

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