Not The Onion: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Proposes Rule Giving Herself A Raise

  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday proposed an ordinance giving the office of the mayor an annual inflation raise capped at 5%.
  • Lightfoot currently takes in an annual salary of $209,915, a sum that would rise to $216,210 as of May 22, 2023, according to the ordinance.
  • The proposal would allow the mayor’s salary to increase up to 5% each year, with a stipulation that the mayor could opt out of the raise.
  • The proposed raise comes as Lightfoot has faced a stream of heated criticism for her handling of violent crime in her city, which has increased 37% compared to 2021.
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