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Open Government Wed Jun 08 2011
You have to give it up so far to Mayor Emanuel's tech team. They have been on a steady drive to make available as much general data as they can think to get on-line, and provide it in a supremely easy-to-manipulate way.
Their latest is a salary database for all city employees. You can get in there and do custom searches, save views, and even embed results. For example, here are the highest paid people in the Mayor's Office:
Now, here's the pay of everybody named Bridget:
Here are some Assyrian dudes.
Here's those fat-cat public sector janitors getting rich on your tax dollars:
"Hey, I've been waiting all day for you to come inspect the drain, here in my house!"
"Listen lady, they don't pay me enough to listen to you shouting."
"I beg to differ! As a matter of fact, I happen to know that you make....
Hey, Ramsin, you know those people in the green jackets that wave you through green lights, and then tell you to stop when it's a red light? What's up with those guys?
Well, I'll tell you. Their position is called "Traffic Control Aides," and they go a little something like this,