Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who during her tenure has had Chicago cops turn their backs on her, texted “this city is up for grabs” when riots broke out after the death of George Floyd, and boasted, “I have the biggest d*** in Chicago” when she attacked a former Chicago Park District official who made a deal with an Italian American group to allow a Christopher Columbus statue to be used in a parade, has now decided she is worthy of a 5% raise in salary.
Lightfoot said on Wednesday she endorsed a plan that would tie her salary, as well as those of the mayor, city clerk and treasurer, to inflation. The pay raise would be capped at 5% and could take effect in 2024.
“To be clear, the ordinance that was introduced today would put the mayor, the city treasurer and the clerk in line with (aldermen) regarding a cost-of-living increase,” Lightfoot stated. “It’s not a salary increase.”
The mayor’s salary has been the same since 2006.
In September, Lightfoot protested that she had not “raised that issue” of her salary, insisting, “I think there’s conversation around … some of the other citywide elected officials.”
“You’re aware that the mayor’s compensation hasn’t been changed in, I think, almost 20 years. But that’s not really what I’m focused on. I’m focused on making sure that we do the work of the people of the city every single day.”
Violent crime is up in Chicago 37% this year; over 2,300 shooting incidents have been reported.