The [Wednesday] Papers
"Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has handed out raises - some of more than 20 percent - to his staff while proclaiming a message of 'shared sacrifice' and planning spending cuts of $1.4 billion because the state is awash in debt," AP reports.
"The Democrat has given 43 salary increases averaging 11.4 percent to 35 staffers in the past 15 months, according to an Associated Press analysis of records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act."
Here's the best part:
"They include a $24,000-a-year bump for the man promoted to shepherd the state through the fiscal storm. Budget Director David Vaught got a 20 percent raise to bring his pay to $144,000 in October when he moved to his new position from Quinn's staff, where he was a senior adviser."
Quinn's defense is wholly unreasonable.
First, he says that while some members of his staff received raises, he's cut the overall budget of the governor's office.
So? Cut it more.
Second, he argues - like they always do - that members of his staff work hard and could make more money in the private sector.
So? Thank them for their service on the way out the door.
Plus, has anyone seen the private sector lately?
Quinn appeared on Chicago Tonight last night and after host Eddie Arruza allowed him to merely pretend he had answered the question of how he could give out raises while taking away thousands of other people's jobs, I turned to The City. I'd rather watch young, stupid and vacant people with no clue about the real world on MTV than old, stupid and vacant people with no clue about the real world on WTTW.
Hell, I'd even take the pawnbroker over those douchebags.
- The Tourist Office of Spain paid Lori Rackl to write about how great Spain is.
I'm waiting for Travel North Korea to pony up some dough.
Apparently it costs less to buy a reporter than it does to buy an ad.
Who do I contact to subsidize a research trip to The Beachwood Reporter?
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This is so backwards. The city should be paying Levinson to do this. Isn't there some stimulus funding available? Or maybe Pat Quinn could cut his budget director's salary by a few thousand dollars.
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Posted on July 7, 2010
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