One elected official is calling for all 50 Chicago aldermen, as
well as the mayor, city clerk and city treasurer, to forgo their paychecks for
15 days, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Chicago Ald. Ray Lopez, 15th Ward, said the move would generate nearly $375,000
to purchase protective gear and other supplies for first responders to address
the spread of COVID-19.
“It would show the city that the elected officials … are willing to make a
sacrifice to help put as much money into the kitty as possible to get the
resources on the street that people need,” Lopez told the Sun-Times.
The average Chicago alderman takes home $115,442 per year, according to the
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The mayor of Chicago makes $216,210 a year, while
both the city clerk and city treasurer take home annual salaries of
$133,545 each, according to city payrolls.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot as a candidate
suggested consolidating or even abolishing the offices of the city
clerk and city treasurer.
“Do we need a separate treasurer’s office when, in the executive
branch, we’re going to have a CFO, a controller, a budget office?”
Lightfoot asked in an interview with WBEZ.
The mayor appears to have put those plans on hold for now.
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