Yesterday’s on-line edition of the Chicago Sun-Times contained a lead article announcing the fact that Ald. Edward M. Burke’s Chicago Police Department bodyguards cost $600,000 per year. Please take a look at the entire article using this link:
Two very important points jump off the pages of this report. First, why are multiple body guards earning $133,000-$150,000 per year not counting health and pension benefits costs? Secondly, the cost of Burke’s police protection does not include the cost of the City owned automobile and chauffer he uses. The cost to Chicago taxpayers over 30 years is staggering.
While I have never been a big booster of newly elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel, because of his foul-mouth elbow throwing reputation as a no holds barred political operative, I must give him credit for aggressively attacking the massive waste, fraud and corruption that has been rampant under the many years of the Daley family rule. Chicago’s financial position is so desperate that Emanuel has little choice but to clean up the situation with dramatic cuts that will make him few friends in the huge Chicago union movement that profited under a cozy relationship during the Daley dynasty.
It is time for your Commander to give the devil his due, and grant Mayor Emanuel “A” for effort during the early days of his Chicago reign.