We used science and data to determine which Chicago neighborhoods have the richest people. This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don't freak out. Welcome to the land of the 1%. Where you'll find lawyers, and doctors, and business executives.
1 & 3 are loaded with city union employees aka teachers and police (including retired). Just remember that every year when your mortgage/rent goes up to cover pensions. Or when the teachers strike (or threaten) every time their contract is up.
Clarification - Forest Glen and Edgebrook are loaded with the top echelon of the city workers. Akin to Lincoln Park being loaded with the top echelon of the private sector.
A VP, Attorney General or Commander is undoubtedly going to bring home a larger paycheck than the people they supervise. Consequently they can afford to purchase homes in a more affluent neighborhood, right? Both of these neighborhoods have been pricey for decades.I know - I looked when in the market for a home. I bought in Pottage [sic] Park.
I don't get why Portage Park thinks police, fire and teachers shouldn't make a decent income. They perform some of the most important services to our communities for our tax dollars.
I have no problem with their income...while working. Heck..give 'em all raises. I do have a problem with the structure of their pensions (income and health bennies) Unsustainable without annual (yearly) tax increases to keep pace. As mentioned..give them all raises, start paying into social security, and increase their 401k/403b contributions and come down to Earth on medical benefits and we're good. Otherwise what do suggest to keep taxes on their current trend? Clearly people are doing what they need to do to fix their own problems caused by this and moving. Those numbers do not lie...4 yrs straight of population losses. Unsustainable.
I was interested in the findings. Some surprised me others not. I had worked in Westown 25 years ago with the Latin Kings headquarters down the street. I am surprised as to what gentrification has done for that neighborhood. All in all, I am pleased with where Jef Park falls and continue to see this as evidence of a thriving neighborhood.
When a Chicago Sanitation Laborer (Garbage Collector) can afford a BMW, Mercedes, four bedroom 3 1/2 bath home, semi in-ground pool, summer cottage in Michigan, etc., there is something definitely wrong with the pay structure in Chicago government! Here's a fun winter activity. Look for the biggest, most expensive homes in your neighborhood. Enter the addresses in the Cook County Property Tax Portal and get the owners name. Match the name against the City of Chicago's website under "employee salaries." Chances are those homes are owned by city "workers." Especially cops & firefighters.
"I don't get why Portage Park thinks police, fire and teachers shouldn't make a decent income. They perform some of the most important services to our communities for our tax dollars."
I think peoples ideas of a decent income are different. There is no reason cps teachers should make more money than private school teachers if teachers alone as a profession perform some of the most important services.
Half of Lakeview, Ravenswood, Wicker Park, etc. are millennials living off of their baby boomer parent's accumulated wealth. Enjoy it while you can kids! Sweet salaries, pensions and benefits are a thing of the past. Well, except for public employees.
Could it be that Forest Glen has mostly single family homes and therefore more financially established people? Maybe also older residents who have reached the peak of their earning? I'm not saying these are the case, just wondering.
Illinois = 7k units of gov't. 1st in nation. 2nd = Texas at roughly half that. The map shows that gov't union employees are now part of the 1% they've been railing against for years. Rauner might be a goof, but, his message is spot on. The unions and their pensions have killed this state and it's getting worse by the day. I just wonder how much damage the unions are willing to do. I hope Amazon gift wraps their rejection letter to mike Madigan personally.
The U.S. Department of Defense has been named the largest employer in the world with 3.2 million employees on its payroll.
Most states largest employer is government.Same with most large municipalities.
Myself, I don't want a private police force or fire department. Any reading of history for those departments as private shows what goes wrong. I support public education because I know and educated society is less burdensome than an uneducated society, I don't view the taxes I pay to support these departments as 'getting ripped off'. They provide a necessary service to society as a whole and not 'just me'.
I have no issue with their salaries while working. It's the pensions with annual 3% increases with Cadillac health care throughout retirement that is the root of this state's problems. Fix that and this state and the majority of it's people can breath.
Ok karen say cps students are just as well educated as private school students. They still dont need to be paid higher. Of course cps delivers some education. No more than any private school does so why do those teachers need to be paid statistically higher?
I'm from here and attended Catholic school, taught by many nuns. They didn't get paid a real salary so schools could afford to be low cost. Or the teachers were women whose husbands had better paying jobs. That model doesn't work any more. I've worked for a private school, the pay stinks and many of the teachers only last a few years before looking for something better. The whole education system is broken. No one is getting rich teaching and its hard work. I don't think middle class people should be blaming other middle class people for the state of pay in our country.
Trust me, Karen...I'm as "middle class" as it gets and unlike the majority of city union employees who live in two of the three most expensive neighborhoods on that list, I will not be moving there anytime soon because it is out of my middle class income.
"No one is getting rich teaching and its hard work. I don't think middle class people should be blaming other middle class people for the state of pay in our country"
I dont think anyone is saying any teacher is rich or not working hard. I will say i work for a cps teacher. (A few actually) one had her lease out where i could see it. She paid over 2k rent. When she worked for private school she lived in an apartment i looked into renting. It was under 800 a month. I will say "rich" means different things to different people. I recently looked up middle class. I dont make that much money .
Cook county circuit court employs an army of paper pushers and is going paperless on 7/1/18. Does anyone think Dorothy Brown will right size her many offices throughout cook county once those jobs are absolete where one job equals one vote? Not a chance.
I believe if the police or fire department salaries were cut in half today, majority of the cops and firemen would stay on the job regardless. If they were to leave, I believe they could be replaced with equally as capable people rather quickly. I just believe their pay and benefits, including their pensions have gotten out of hand. If the unions do not want to agree to these reductions then I think a municipal bankruptcy would help take care of things.
Cut police salaries in half? Can we start by not allowing the doubling of said salaries from rampant and often fake overtime. The OT these people put in is criminal and downright dangerous. It's nearly physically impossible to be coherent with the hours they put in and these people are behind the wheel of very powerful autos and are armed to the teeth. The greed is no different than the wealthiest of business exec. And now all to be reactionary instead of preventative as far as serving and protecting. Not much more than a clean up crew and a very very expensive one at that.