No major pay raises for aldermen in 2013

(E. Jason Wambsgans )
November 01, 2012|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

The city paychecks collected by Chicago elected officials are on target to pretty much stay the same next year.

Fourteen aldermen signed and submitted affidavits indicating they plan to decline raises for 2013, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Aldermanic salaries are tied to the cost of living in Chicago.

Of the 50 aldermen, only three--Scott Waguespack (32nd), Brendan Reilly (42nd) and Tom Tunney (44th)--would continue to make less than $105,000 a year.

The 2013 budget counts 19 aldermen who are the highest paid with an annual salary of $114,913 --the same number of aldermen and the same financial amount as 2012. The rest of the 28-- some who plan to take a slight pay bump of roughly $600--are set to make an amount in between.

Comparatively, Mayor Emanuel would keep his same salary as in 2012, which is listed as $216,210 in the proposed 2013 budget. Only one employee on the city’s payroll would take home more money than Emanuel: Police Supt. Garry McCarthy with $260,004.

Emanuel presented the proposed budget to the City Council last month. It must be approved by the council by Dec. 31.

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