Less Aldercreatures = Less Waste
Almost a year ago, Northside posted this comment comparing the number of aldercreatures to those of other cities. If Rahm was truly interested in saving some real money, instead of nickel and dime-ing everyone to death, this would deserve some serious consideration:
WHY TWENTY-FIVE CHICAGO WARDS? TRY SEVENTEEN.
The U.S. Census Bureau is the source of the final 2010 decennial population data for the nation's eight most populous cities. The respective number of city council members is in parentheses.
1. New York City...8,175,133 (51)
2. Los Angeles......3,792,621 (15)
3. CHICAGO...........[see below]
4. Houston..........2,099,451 (11)
5. Philadelphia.....1,526,006 (17)
6. Phoenix..........1,445,632 (9)
7. San Antonio......1,327,407 (10)
8. San Diego........1,307,402 (8)
TOTAL (7 CITIES)...19,673,652 (121)
3. CHICAGO..........2,695,598 (50)
Excluding Chicago, the aggregate of the seven most populous cities in the nation have an average of less than 17 city council numbers per capita.
While New York City has a population over three times larger than Chicago, they have only 51 city council members, a mean of one per every 160,297 residents. Chicago has a mean of one alderman per only 53,912 residents.
Think of the savings, not to mention the reduction in graft, crooked contracting and having to divide the corruption pie so many different ways.