Will Someone Please Do Something!?
By Kevin Robinson in News on Jul 12, 2007 4:30PM
Remember when all the county hacks on the payroll were running around like chickens with their heads cut off, crying about how Forrest Claypool was going to destroy Cook County by laying off everybody? Remember when progressives and reformers were begging people to vote for Tony Peraica and all the DINO pork-choppers were saying that he was Ronald Reagan reincarnated, hell-bent on destroying the social safety net of Cook County? We hate to say we told you so....
At Tuesday's County Board meeting, prosecutors from the Cook County State's Attorney office showed up, en masse, to demand the raises they were promised by the Toddler some 5 months ago, only to be told that there was no money available. So sorry. Maybe next month. Meanwhile, Stroger pushed through a series of contracts with other county employees that will grant them 15% raises, free parking, and county financed meals for them and their friends.
As if that weren't enough, the Toddler is now indicating that a new round of tax increases will be necessary to keep the county solvent should the prosecutors actually get a raise.
The easy swipe to take at the Toddler, the cheap shot really, is to accuse him of being a corrupt puppet of the Daley-Beavers machine that is holding all of us hostage. The fact of the matter, though, is that the blame lies squarely on a group of Cook County Commissioners - Republican and Democrat alike - that sold us out on this year's budget. (Yeah, we're looking at you, Mike Quigley!) If there was ever a time to start standing up to the corrupt group of thieves that are running the county these days, it's now. Instead, they all want to dance around the issues, avoiding the tough decisions and potential political fallout from actually making a painful choice. Tragically, we can expect several more years of this bullshit.
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