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Open Government Wed Jun 08 2011

City Employee Salaries Brought to You by the City

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,

Yay.

 
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Stephanie / June 9, 2011 10:20 AM

This fills me with quant-geek and civics-nerd warm fuzzies. Yay indeed.

Anthony / June 9, 2011 10:03 PM

According to these numbers the city owes me about $9,000 from last year.

LaShawn Williams / June 10, 2011 12:20 PM

This website has provided me with hours of "entertainment." Boy oh boy oh boy...

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Feature

Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...

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Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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