Monday, October 24, 2011

Sacrifice for Some

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first-ever city budget seeks sacrifice from nearly every corner of Chicago, but he's not making cuts to the one group that has to vote for his plan.

    The Chicago City Council is getting a slight budget increase.

    The new mayor's belt tightening also leaves untouched two controversial accounts aldermen have tapped to hire relatives, pay political consultants and lease expensive cars. And he is renewing a multimillion-dollar program that lets council members order up neighborhood improvement projects.
Oh corruption, how we missed you. But wait! There's more!!!
  • Mayoral Chief of Staff Theresa Mintle helped enact a special early-retirement plan at her former employer—the Chicago Transit Authority—that entitled her to a $65,000 annual pension she wouldn't have qualified for otherwise.

    Official records obtained in a joint probe by Crain's and the Better Government Assn. indicate Ms. Mintle, left, is eligible for a pension of $64,908.53 at age 65, based on just eight years of service at the agency. The early-retirement sweetener passed in 2008, when she was chief of staff to then-CTA board Chairman Carole Brown. Ms. Mintle resigned from that job last spring to assume similar duties for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

    Ordinarily, Ms. Mintle, 47, would have needed 11 years of service to qualify for a pension at the CTA, a milestone she wouldn't have reached until 2014. But in 2008, she was involved in the approval and possibly the design of an early-retirement sweetener for agency executives containing two separate clauses that, together, allowed her to buy extra service credits and lock in her pension in exchange for leaving her job by mid-2011.

Rahm is in full damage control mode. His office says that Mintle has decided to forgo taking advantage of this pension bump, but she has eight years to change her mind. Eight years? We're betting everyone forgets this inside of eight months and she'll be taking that bump after she's safely ensconced in some other government job, perhaps in Washington if Rahm fulfills his dream.

But remember, cops and teachers and firefighters are greedy for wanting a pension after twenty years of service. And that's a FULL TWENTY YEARS - no one is giving us an eleven year waiver to collect a pension a fraction of the size of what this bureaucrat is getting.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

This REALLY pissed me off. These damn pols are making us out to be the bad guys because THEY f'd up and didn't fund our pensions the way they were supposed to. Ads like these just turn the public against us.

I don't blame the public for not WANTING to have to clean up after Daley and his friends and family stole everything and covered it all up, but this is BULLSHIT!

10/24/2011 01:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The old " do as I say not as me and my staff do" huh?
Rahm this clearly shows the true colors of you and your ilk.
How dare you want to fuck with our relatively meager pension when you and your kind are gaming the system??

10/24/2011 03:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vote out all incumbents in EVERY election. Name one of these thieves worth keeping. Turn the compost pile.

10/24/2011 09:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Driving eastbound from O'Hare there is a huge billboard a little bit west of the Cumberland exits on the south side of the road. It has a picture of President Lincoln proclaiming that Illinois is 'still' broke and we need pension reform! A lot of frustrated commuters will once again blindly associate their higher taxes and lower income with those evil government employees.

10/24/2011 09:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sick of these politicians collecting 2, 3 and 4 pensions and then pointing their finger or 1/2 finger at us. You want pension reform? I say restrict these thieving bastards to one pension.

10/24/2011 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The politicians, political hacks and nephews can steal from the pension systems and the public at large but we're the bad guys!

10/24/2011 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again true SCC! But the pension for 20 years the public should know would be about $35,000 per year and we now get no raises!!! Public we also get 40% of social security even though some like myself worked other jobs to get SS, and have the 40 quarters already in! looks like the ghost of that bastard thief danny rostenkowski is rising again, you know take more and give less to the people who actually worked for a pension, dutifully gave their fair share into the fund as the politicians stole more and more!

10/24/2011 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sure hope FOP is watching. As usual the sham continues. Once again fuck with the lowley P.O.'s who are out there every day and hopefully after 29 years of service collect a small pension, if they are lucky.

10/24/2011 11:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they don't care if they get discovered. Nobody will do anything other than verbally beef about it.

10/24/2011 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Mintle Midget said...

s'Macky this Mintle, a not so "splendid splinter" of the public coffers she pilfers!


10/24/2011 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today's paper has a story on Rahm not affecting the Alderthieves or their budgets. What happened to shared sacrifice and feeling the pain? Oh that's right that only applies to the common folk. Rahm you are a hypocritical bastard who talks out of both sides of your mouth.

10/24/2011 01:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just follow the money....she contributed few grands to - OBAMA FOR AMERICA compain starting back in 2007.....they are just rewarding her for life on our backs. Bissiness as usual, got to take care of your own.

10/24/2011 01:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With our eyes wide open and having our complete attention we now see the grand plan Racoon Eyes has waiting for us. He takes great care of the Alderfools who will vote for his budget and "reforms" and fucks everone else in the process. If you are connected to the Daley Crime Family you will escape any harm. Everybody else goes into the flaming pit. In his first 6 months this little corrupt bastard will establish who is the boss. we have some options? Yes we do. How about a complete slowdown by all unions. Bring this town to a stand still and let this midget mother fucker know that WE have the real power. The power to shut this town DOWN!Will he fire anybody? No. He has already let hundreds go who had no clout. Will he demonize us? Yes but who the fuck cares when your garbage is piling up in the alley and it takes cops double the time to answer your calls. Fuck this little moronic bastard.

10/24/2011 01:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was no cuts in all the money handed out to the aldermen. And they stated if the mayor attempted to cut any money from them, the budget wouldn't be passed by them. Seems like a conflict. No money cuts, how about aldermen cuts

10/24/2011 02:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Rahm said there are no more "sacred cows".
Apparently there are because Rahm's budget didn't touch any of the alderthieves nor their inflated budgets. Way to lead by example Rahm. Fucking hypocrite.!

10/24/2011 02:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about limiting Politicians to 401K's only?

No Pension for political hacks like Mayors, Congress, Springfield and City Halls! I'll Bet the Pension funds would save money real quick without these thieves getting their hands on our hard earned pensions!

Da Pelon

10/24/2011 04:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey you could of had Tom Dart!!! Same shit!

10/24/2011 04:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

10/24/2011 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

sorry, I don't feel sorry for any legislators or citizens--- the chicago police department was looking for police officers some twenty years ago and I decided that was what I wanted to do --- they offered a benefits package and salary to entice me to sign up--- I signed up and twenty years later I am expecting to retire in another 6 years with a pension--- it's not my problem that the government/city cannot give me what they promised 20 years ago--- that is your problem, not mine--- I gave you the best years of my life in the service of the city and I want what was promised to me before I signed on the dotted line--- pay up an start to fund the pension......

10/24/2011 08:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another "connected" asshole getting a huge break for a pension they don't deserve. Interesting how these fucks can change the rules to fit their needs. You can bet this pathetic bastard will get the pension they wanted. And the politicians are blaming us for this pension mess. All of these dirty bastards should be put in jail. Politicians failing to put in the obligated money and connected assholes changing rules and legislation to help favored creeps reap millions. We know who these politicians are so why can't we target them and send them into retirement.

10/24/2011 08:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lobbyist works 1day as teacher, qualifies for annual $108k pension

SPRINGFIELD — — Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees toward a state teacher pension once they served a single day of subbing in 2007, a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation has found.

Steven Preckwinkle, the political director for the Illinois Federation of Teachers, and fellow union lobbyist David Piccioli were the only people who took advantage of a small window opened by lawmakers a few months earlier.

You greedy firefighters & police officers!

10/24/2011 09:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teachers have to work a FULL 35 years for their pensions. 9% of my salary goes toward my pension but really it doesn't because the State of Illinois 'borrowed' against the account and never paid it back. Now I'm paying twice. I'm contributing double the pension to pay for the downstate teachers pensions and Cornholio Rahm's pocket book.

Teachers, police, firefighters and streets and san really need to stick together right now because a house divided WILL FALL. Cornholio Rahm is using an ancient tactic: divide and conquer.

10/24/2011 10:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Common Sense Patriot said...

The corporations have huge piles of money to spend on putting politicians into office whom they like, these same politicians are out to screw the working citizens of this state and country.

Most of the voters are like sheep, going into the pens where they are told to go.

To really enjoy the fruits of our democratic society, you have to spend money to elect Civil Servants, and not Politicians. Elect people who will serve the people and not the Upper Class who only care about themselves while the middle and lower classes provide the brawn that kills and dies for their country while the upper classes enjoy the fruit of their sacrifices.

Oh what the hell . . . . who's winning the World Series? What's on cable? How is football doing?

Sports--the sleeping pill of the masses.

10/24/2011 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Rahm is in full damage control mode."

They showed him on the news tonight saying that the pension system isn't an individual problem, but that the whole system needs "reform."

10/24/2011 11:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is this the apple of former mayors eye. that explains the extra order of viagra.

10/25/2011 02:32:00 PM  

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