West Side aldermen keep pay raises

The Chicago Tribune recently reported many alderman don’t refuse optional annual pay increases and some haven’t taken furlough days along with city workers who were required to do so through last June.

Commissioner declines to take unpaid days

Earlean Collins, who represents Austin on the 17-member Cook County Board, reversed her earlier decision. Most of the county’s 23,000-some workers are taking furlough days to help balance the budget.