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Budget Mon Feb 13 2012

City Employee Expenses Are Now Public and Searchable

A list of city employee reimbursements was posted on the City's data portal over the weekend, accounting for more than $1 million that the city has spent on various employee expenses over the last 13 months.

There is certainly a wealth of useful information in this data. At first glance, one could find out how much the Police Department spent on Subway sandwiches ($708), how much employees were reimbursed for parking ($31,500. Parking is very expensive in Chicago) or how much the city paid to relocate police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to Chicago ($7,500).

The Chicago Data Portal features a wide variety of public data. Chicagoans can find out how much their alderman makes, whether the restaurant they frequent passed its last inspection and more.

 
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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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