In an effort to balance the budget, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a 50% reduction of compensation for members of city boards and commissions, according to an August 29, 2011, announcement from the Office of the Mayor. The cut in compensation should save taxpayers over $314,000 a year, according to the Mayor’s Office.
“Those chosen to represent the interests of the people of Chicago lend their time and expertise to serve the public,” said Mayor Emanuel. “My administration is committed to using taxpayer funds wisely and responsibly to deliver the highest-quality services in the most efficient way possible.”
Mayor Emanuel set the goal of cutting the City Board and commission compensation in half in July. Emanuel tasked his Chief of Staff with conducting an extensive review of these stipends.
As of August 29, Mayor Emanuel implemented a new compensation policy, whichwent into effect immediately, tying stipend payments to meeting attendance.so, if the board members and commissioners want to paid, they have to go to the necessary meetings.
The boards impacted by this reduction in compensation are the Human Resources Board, the Building Board of Appeals; the Chicago Police Board; the Zoning Board of Appeals and the License Appeal Commission. Prior to this review, the Mayor eliminated the stipends paid to members of the City’s Cable Commission and Board of Local Improvements.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was sworn into office on May 16, 2011, replacing longtime mayor Richard Daley. Emanuel campaigned on a platform of sweeping reform and ending city cronyism.