When I was a freshman State Representative in 1973, State Reps. were paid $17,500.
Chicago Aldermen were paid $10,000.
Now legislators are paid are paid $67,836, higher if they are a committee chairman or spokesman (which most are).
The lowest-paid Chicago Aldermen get more than $100,000–$104,928 to be exact.
And there are leadership add-ons.
One can talk about the greed of state legislators, but it pales in comparison to Chicago aldermen.
Cal, allow me to correct your header with the unvarnished truth of the subject matter:
Chicago DEMOCRAT Alderman Have Taken Care of Themselves.
I made about $12,000 in 1973, My last year of work before retiring I made over $130,000. Glad I didn’t get into politics!
And that’s how politicians get to rip off the taxpayers.
Blowhards miss the point but never an opportunity to blow their own trumpet.
Remember a weasel of a character in the early 80’s, who worked the door of a Downtown Bar I bartended part time while in school.
His personal claim to fame, was he was background cast in a nude scene of porn movie Behind The Green Door.
Years later he was elected a Chicago Alderman.
Only in Chicago.
The porno industry would be a good training ground for someone who wants to get into Chicago politics.
It’s not quite as sleazy, but it’s close.