201 Miles to Springfield: Some Aldermen not sharing the pain: Chicago News Coop

While Mayor Richard Daley has taken 25 furlough days off this year, reducing his pay by nearly ten percent, some aldermen are not cooperating, according to a study by the Chicago News Cooperative.

Five aldermen have taken no days off according to the study.

Of aldermen in the Ravenswood area, most have taken between 18 and 19 furlough days, with two, Eugene Schulter and Mary Ann Smith taking just 10 furlough days.

That gives the two aldermen pay cuts of about four percent and ties them at 38th place among the 53 municipal office holders considered in the study.

The report accompanying the study notes city employees have been asked to take 12 furlough days so far this year and will not be paid for an additional 12 holidays formerly paid by the city. The proposed city budget asks employees to continue the furloughs, taking five weeks off without pay, the report states. The figures are only through this month and future furlough days taken by each alderman may be different by the end of the year.

Name Office Furlough Days taken
Eugene Schulter Ald 47 10
Mary Ann Smith Ald 48 10
Dick Mell Ald 33 18
Pat O’Connor Ald 40 18
Tom Tunney Ald 44 18
Scott Waguespack Ald 32 19
Richard Daley Mayor 25

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for ChiTownDailyNews.org as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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