March 8, 2010

Moore: I'll Take LAST Year's Salary, Thank You Very Much

Joe Moore's salary is hanging in there despite the economic downturn!

Recall, in a cowardly display of avoidance of accountability, astonishing even by Chicago alderman standards, on July, 26, 2006, our brave City Elders lashed themselves to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), awarded themselves automatic, no-additional-vote-required cost-of-living increases, from 2006 until the end of time. Moore voted for it.

At that time Our Best & Brightest also wrote a clause into law that allowed an alderman, by filing an affidavit with the City Clerk, to each year keep last year's salary instead. Now you might have thought their intent was to allow a way for individual aldermen to express their frugality, they're not in it for the money, they're just grateful for the privilege of serving.

Well, last year the CPI actually DECLINED, by 3.5%, and who'd of thunk it, that affidavit mechanism turned out to be mighty handy in weathering the storms of a down economy. Last year was the most popular year ever for the affidavit filings! 38 of our 50 Village Elders decided that, upon reflection, gosh darn it, I'm worth it, people LIKE me, in 2010 they'd rather stick with their 2009 salary, thank you very much: $110,556, rather than the CPI-adjusted $106,644.

Guess what Moore did?

THE CHICAGO WAY: Not All Furloughs Are Equal
By DAN MIHALOPOULOS, Chicago News Cooperative, February 4, 2010

See How Many Furlough Days Mayor and Aldermen Took Last Year
By DAN MIHALOPOULOS and JUAN-PABLO VELEZ, Chicago News Cooperative, February 4, 2010

More background on recent trends in aldermanic salaries on the Broken Heart:

Annual Aldermanic Salary Survey 2009

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