Monday, September 26, 2016

When Chicago spent its pension money on the mayor's pet projects A decade ago, city leaders acted like we didn't have a care in the world.

As we all prepare for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed property tax hike to pay off billions of dollars in pension obligations, I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane to a not-so-distant era when our leaders acted like we didn't have a care in the world.

The year was 2004—and what a glorious time it was!

We were in the midst of a fabulous real estate bubble that sent property taxes flowing into the city's coffers like champagne at an Emanuel fund-raiser.

Amid the good times, a few wealthy friends of then mayor Richard Daley threw a lavish party in the Pritzker Pavilion at the recently completed Millennium Park.

"Women wearing serious jewelry and stunning gowns were welcomed upon their arrival by 'Adam and Eve' greeters draped in leaves and dragging a snake," the Sun-Times reported about the $1,000-a-ticket fund-raiser for the park. "In two big tents, Wolfgang Puck Catering served a dinner of beets and goat cheese, asparagus with prosciutto, potato leek soup with caviar, lobster and beef tenderloin with truffles. Tables were topped with white cloths and tall silver urns holding magnolia leaves; 10-foot-tall water walls were placed through the tents."

Ah, yes, the good life.

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19 comments:

former bridgeport resident said...

snicker snicker, wonder how all the blowhard city workers feel. cant fucking wait for the pension checks to stop. the medical premiums are just the first salvo. welcome to the real world hotshots.

Anonymous said...

Just wait til the pension cuts start..........

Anonymous said...

Richie Daley SHOULD BE FORCED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS BEFORE A GRAND JURYWHAT EXACTLY HE DID WITH PENSION MONEY. NONE OF HIS CRS BULLSHIT ABOUT HIS STROKE! REMEMBER "THE RAINY DAY FUNDS"? WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED THERE SPENT!, SKYWAY & PARKING METER MONEY GONE BYE-BYE, THROW THIS PIECE OF SHIT IN JAIL & THROW AWAY THE KEY!

Anonymous said...

people would hang for this behavior in the old days.

Anonymous said...

Never happen. Nice try loser!

Anonymous said...

But, but, but the democrats always take care of the working man. Not. Obama went in front of the UN last week and spouted the globalist nonsense that the idea of countries and sovereign borders is old fashioned. NAFTA isn't through with us yet. Soon, no border at all between Mexico, the US, and Canada. Then the TTP agreement will kick in. No more American pay scale. What's left of it, anyway. The only way to compete with the third world under these agreements is for all workers to be paid peasant wages. And that, dear voters, is the plan.

Anonymous said...

Decadence! 4 Years Before The Crash.
Rahm still wearing a tie.
$1,000/Plate for Slop from Wolfgang Puck!
That's Where The Money Went

Anonymous said...

If any retired city worker needs a job Bourbon street will hire you in cpd no tipping section

Anonymous said...


AnonymousSeptember 26, 2016 at 10:46 AM
people would hang for this behavior in the old days.


Reply

They still may.

Anonymous said...

Richie will live a long and comfortable life. The only hope is that when he dies, and hopefully its a painfull death, there is a hell and he burns for eternity.

Anonymous said...

Greedy savages! What have our elected trustees on the police pension do? FUCKING NOTHING!

Every retired police officer should BOYCOTT their union dues and hit FOP in the same poverty pocket!!

Out of the car Motherfucker!!! said...

Wolfgang Puck — WHAT THE FUCK?!!!!

Anonymous said...

Proving once again; with jews you loose.

Anonymous said...

Richie' own doctors had send letters to the court saying he not healthy enough to testify. We need to back off poor Richie so he doesn't get ill. He has a lot of vacations lined up. Surely you understand he needs this time off to rest.

Out of the car Motherfucker!! said...

You Democunts vote for this time after time!!!!!! Enjoy it !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Mayor Daley has his left hand up Rahm's ass
and this causes a laughing Jew effect. Now Rahm
has a puppet named Special Ed. The Ditto Trio.

Anonymous said...

Any sex partner of mr bourbon street mom be sure to save your health insurance.
Look at your testicles.
You're going to need it

Anonymous said...

RETIREES BOYCOTT PAYING FOP DUES AND HIT THEM IN THE POVERTY POCKET

TIME TO DE-Certify

Anonymous said...

I'm a happy Jew Boy
I don't have ADHD but I fooled
them: now I take Ritalin and
I'm happy all day long