Rahm Emanuel caught some heat Friday for what appeared to be hypocrisy in his budget.
Despite asking the city to tighten its belt and pony up more fees to help close a gaping budget gap, his office planned to make good on a number of exorbitant raises for his top officials.
But pay raises remain, the Chicago Sun-Times points out. Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff is up for a nine perfect raise from $185,652 a year to $202,728.
Other raises include a nearly 10 percent bump for Police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s chief of staff to $185,004, a nearly eight percent raise for Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein to $169,500 and a nine percent hike for the Fire Prevention Bureau's newly-appointed deputy commissioner to $178,740.
Communications Director Chris Mather told the Sun-Times that most of the raises are actually the amounts they were hired at.
Klein, for example, started May 16 at a higher salary rate that his predecessor. The salaries listed in the budget reflect that, Mather said.
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While the original story appeared to make clear that Klein and Hoff's raises were agreed to prior to Emanuel taking the Oath of Office, the Mayor seems to want to make clear that his predecessor made the decision to reward staff, not him.