Must Be Nice to be Connected
- Former Ald. John Pope (10th) didn’t miss a beat or a buck before landing on his feet after losing his runoff April 7 to challenger Susan Sadlowski Garza by just 20 votes.
Pope is back where he started — in the City Hall bureaucracy — as a $116,856-a-year deputy commissioner of the Department of Water Management, which has been at the center of the Hired Truck and city hiring scandals.
The hiring of Pope comes as Mayor Rahm Emanuel has talked about scouring the budget for every available dollar before raising taxes to solve the combined, $30 billion pension crisis at the city and public schools that has dropped Chicago’s bond rating to junk status.
But Chicago is broke, right Rahm?