Faced with serious financial problems following the severe recession that started in late 2008, the City Council took several important steps. Through attrition and painful layoffs, the size of the City’s workforce was reduced by almost 15 percent. For several years, while property values declined, we lowered the amount of money we charge property owners. We didn’t think it was fair to raise property taxes while property values were going down.
We also curbed “double dipping,” where employees retire from one City job, start collecting a nice pension, only to turn around and be hired for another City job, making them eligible for another pension. Under certain circumstances, that’s acceptable, but I sponsored an ordinance to prohibit it without City Council approval. This editorial from the Chicago Sun-Times explains:
“A model for good government.” Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 8, 2013. On the issue of collecting more than one pension: “It’s an issue that keeps coming up, McElroy said, which is why it’s important to insist on direct authorization from elected officials…”
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