Are stimulus numbers accurate?

Controversy is brewing over federal statistics detailing the number of local jobs saved by the stimulus package. According to a recent analysis by the Chicago Tribune, some of the numbers just don’t add up. In particular:
–    The feds reported that 473 teachers’ jobs were saved in North Chicago. The district only employs 290 teachers.
–    The feds reported 665 full-time jobs were saved in Kankakee County School District 111. The district has a total of 600 full- and part-time workers.

The Wall Street Journal pointed out the discrepancies on a national level.

More Chicago muckraking:
Chicago taxpayers paid $37 million more–or five percent extra–in property taxes than what was projected in last year’s budget, according to this week’s Chicago Reader. Last November, the City of Chicago projected it would spend $796.9 million in property tax money and in fact spent $833.9 million, according to the report.

— Compiled by Christopher Danzig and Jeff Biertzer

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