The City of Chicago is facing major budget gaps that are crippling the ability of the city to function. For a while, the Chicago Mayor had placed a hiring freeze on all government agencies including public safety positions. This freeze even blocked the replacement of retiring employees from the police force and other public service positions. There have been many solutions posed over the years such as raising taxes, cutting programs, the hiring freeze and more. However, one area that been left relatively untouched is the size of the government for the City of Chicago.
Shrinking The Size Of The Government In The City Of Chicago
Even with the hiring freeze that was put in place, the jobs that were ended after retirement were largely from essential positions within the city government. Instead of helping to build the City of Chicago, the decision left the 27th Ward and other neighborhoods less safe. Much of the inflated government costs exist due to the unnecessary management positions. On average, the offices have 1 manager for every 8 employees which exceeds the normal amount of management in business. A report estimates that about $50 million dollars can be saved by eliminating assistant management, deputy management and other unnecessary leadership.
Stopping Patronage In The City Of Chicago
Many of the added leadership positions were not put in place out of necessity. Instead, they were created in order to give positions to family members, faithful contributors, friends and other connected individuals. The practice is known as patronage, and has cost the City of Chicago dearly over the past years. The new Chicago Mayor, the 27th Ward Alderman and the other members of the City Council need to put an end to this practice. The City of Chicago council needs to put the do-not-rehire list in place that blocks certain people from obtaining another position within city government that was fired from another position within local government. This move will be a great step in ending the practice of patronage that is dragging down the City of Chicago.
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