A recent report by The Chicago Tribune found many aldermen have chosen to keep optional annual raises, and some haven’t taken furlough days along with rank-and-file workers who’ve had no choice but to take the unpaid days off amid the city’s budget woes.
On the West Side, Ald. Jason C. Ervin (28th), Michael D. Chandler (24th) and Deborah L. Graham (29th) each took a pay increase of $4,259 last year, raising their annual salaries from $108,086 in 2011 to $112,345 in 2012.
While the city’s furlough requirement was in place until June 30, 2011, not one of the three aldermen took a single unpaid day in 2011.
But Mitts did take four furlough days in 2011, a decrease from the 24 unpaid days she took in 2010, among the greatest number of days taken by all Chicago aldermen that year.
While Mitts has the highest salary of the four West Side aldermen, she hasn’t taken a pay raise since 2009.
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