The [Tuesday] Papers
"Hundreds of abused and neglected Cook County children go without much-needed adult support each year because of lack of funding for the county's volunteer advocate program," Melissa Sanchez reports for the Chicago Reporter.
"About 1 percent of some 5,800 current abuse and neglect cases in the county's child welfare system have adult volunteers assigned through the nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, of Cook County."
I hate to resort to a cliche, but lack of funding for those most in need is a cliche in itself: A society's budgets are moral documents.
The need for more support for youth in foster care was illustrated by a recent report from the Office of the Inspector General for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The report detailed the tough, traumatic lives led by 11 foster youth who died in shootings during the two years prior to June 30, 2015. One of them was 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot dead by a Chicago police officer in 2014. All 11 youth were African American or Latino, as are the majority of foster youth in Cook County. (See the response from DCFS.)
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"Oh heaven help me," Roskam said as he turned and left the College of DuPage in west suburban Glen Ellyn.
Look, if we wanted a congressman who couldn't make up his mind about Donald Trump, we'd have elected Ken Bone. Search your heart, Peter - if you can find it.
Rahm's Raises Ruse
Oooh oooh oooh, me, me me!
A) If you take the raises as a percentage of the budget . . .
B) Given the skills of these folks, we'll actually save money in the end . . .
C) It's a lot less than they'd make in the private sector . . .
D) If you squint hard enough, they're actually cuts.
"' just want to caution that the appearance of large increases may very well not be due to an actual increase in somebody's salary. It simply might be the way this budget book lines up,' [budget director Alexandra] Holt said, acknowledging that a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for nonunion employees took effect July 1."
Crap, E) Gobbledygook.
"Because we have a very old budgeting system, you can't actually look at the budget book and determine who's gotten what kind of increase."
Where can we look, then?
The salaries are lined up in salary order from the largest down within a particular title class. So, what you'll see is a 2016 position where somebody might actually be making just as much in 2017 as they were in '16, but because of the way the salaries are ordered within the book, it appears that they weren't."
I know these are words that seem to be arranged into sentences, but I still can't figure out what they mean.
"The other thing that's possible is that $112,000 you're seeing there in '16 is still $112,000 in 2017. It's just the way the positions line up along that same title. It's appearing lower down on the list and somebody else has jumped up over them and it looks like the $112,000 has gone to $150,000. It's a problem with a very old system, and one that we need to fix because it's one that actually confuses me every year."
Am I having a stroke?
Ald. John Arena (45th) was not totally satisfied with the budget director's explanation. He asked for a side-by-side comparison of salaries and positions in the mayor's office this year and next.
Is this gonna be on the test?
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No big whoop.
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Posted on October 18, 2016
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