Mayor/Alderman Salary

Since: Aug 12

Naperville, IL

#1 Nov 11, 2012
Can someone explain to me WHY the Chgo Hts Mayor and Alderman salaries are so low? I understand part time positions but realistic hours they work exceed a part time level. I know my alderman works every day so why hasn't this changed? Mayor too.
It just seems they do so much and for so little pay. It's not right compared to other cities.
ActiveResident

Park Forest, IL

#2 Nov 12, 2012
I'm on the fence on this one; I can make arguments both ways. Remember the story about the Mayor of Riverdale double-dipping salaries? They said he makes $35,000 as mayor of Riverdale. I think the salaries of the mayor and all 6 trustees of Crete COMBINED don't total $35,000. But I think the solution is to lower the higher salaries. That way people enter politics for good reasons, not to make money.
reality101

Chicago, IL

#3 Nov 12, 2012
On the same note what about the park district commisioners?
Really

South Holland, IL

#4 Nov 12, 2012
As a person who was an trustee in another town, let me say one thing, please. If the salaries are low check out the expense accounts and if that remains low then that is something to brag about, lets not forget about the health insurance for themselves and their family, yes, even with a part-time position. Lower salaries and expense accounts would be helpful in removing the greedy elected officials.
ActiveResident

Park Forest, IL

#5 Nov 13, 2012
Really wrote:
As a person who was an trustee in another town, let me say one thing, please. If the salaries are low check out the expense accounts and if that remains low then that is something to brag about, lets not forget about the health insurance for themselves and their family, yes, even with a part-time position. Lower salaries and expense accounts would be helpful in removing the greedy elected officials.
That is true. In Crete, elected officials do not get health insurance either, which again prevents people from getting into politics for the benefits.
Bird watcher

Park Forest, IL

#6 Nov 13, 2012
MIA1708 wrote:
Can someone explain to me WHY the Chgo Hts Mayor and Alderman salaries are so low? I understand part time positions but realistic hours they work exceed a part time level. I know my alderman works every day so why hasn't this changed? Mayor too.
It just seems they do so much and for so little pay. It's not right compared to other cities.
Working? Which one? Look at the hill . The alderman lves in a compound!The alleys are filthy and it looks like a border town in Texas!Lets look at the east side. Need I say anything more? Zerante and Amadio are never seen! Beacon hill area isnt getting a Governors award anytime soon!The downtown area is rotting away! Its called public service for a reason! What do you care for, anyway? Didnt Gonzo already throw you a bone with a do nothing job? or did he not follow through?

Since: Aug 12

Naperville, IL

#7 Nov 13, 2012
I care because I recently read that another city was reducing their council members and it was a big issue on their salaries being the same or increased. I was curious to see what our government officials made and find they are part timers.
This, to me, doesn't seem right because they do so much work for so little pay.
Then read the ignorant comments by someone like you and add a smack in the face to their already low pay.

That was my reason for asking.

Now what have you done to help out? You are most likely the problem and not thinking of ever being part of the solution.
Zobi

Wheaton, IL

#8 Nov 13, 2012
Chico Heights will never be the Mecca it once was MIA. The demographics have changed my friend.
Zobi

Wheaton, IL

#9 Nov 13, 2012
**Chicago** I'm hispanic by the way!

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