Boo!Rich Miller writes in his Capitol Fax Blogthat abuse of the “Seniors Ride Free” transit perk is “chump change” compared to the fact that seniors pay no state income tax in Illinois, regardless of their income, but “nobody ever says ‘boo’ about that.” Miller wants this freebie included in the discussion. What do you think?
Help wanted. Mayor Daley posts a virtual “For Hire” sign at City Hall to fill three aldermanic openings (4th, 28th and 38th wards)–until new council members are elected next spring. The Sun-Times reports the mayor is once again inviting city residents to apply, like he did for two openings earlier this year. But for the record, those went to political insiders, not average John and Jane Does.
The Better Government Association and the League of Women Voters of Chicago support a more independent Chicago City Council, but caution against letting the current body set the rules for the incoming membership.