Okay, after the news broke last week that Chicago taxpayers are paying almost $600,000 per year for Alderman Edward Burke's bodyguards, did it suddenly get very quiet at City Hall?
Shhhh- we mustn't say this too loudly. But, let's call it what it is -- SHAMEFUL -- and another over-the-top public official taking advantage of his constituents.
Wasn't this the same guy who expressed indignation over the fact that the Art Institute of Chicago raised their admission rates by a couple of dollars? I mean, how dare they try to pay their electric bill and save jobs at one of America's most well-respected cultural institutions.
After all, Alderman Burke could have used some of that dough to send one of his six bodyguards to buy another pocket hanky!!
I know that I can't be the only scrambling-to-play-catch-up-with-the-plummeting stock market slug, who is more than slightly appalled at the utter arrogance of the chairman of the City Council Finance Committee.
Are you annoyed yet? Wait, there is more.
I think his last death threat was around 1986, or when"Dynasty" was on the air. Seriously, if it wasn't so egregious, I would be going out for a red velvet cupcake right now and not writing this blog post.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who seems to have backed off his earlier threats of making "tough choices," has not yet cut this wasteful spending. I know the all-too-powerful Burke controls some serious campaign cash, and that the Democratic candidates are hoping to benefit from his generosity.
But, enough is enough. If the Alderman falls on hard times, he can always look to his lovely wife, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke. She is probably all set with a very nice pension and a spare fob for him.
In the past, when the police department sought to reduce the detail, Alderman Burke sued. He may do so again and clog up the court system. We will probably pay for that, too. But, at least the Better Government Association won't have to beg for information to be released. It will be on the public record.
Some food for thought: Most of the officers providing "security" are making six figures. Wow!! What a great gig -- driving him to restaurants, holding his dapper top coat, running to open doors at the private clubs to which he belongs.
I only hope that they leave him alone in the sauna. I really don't think we should be footing the bill for a towel boy!!