Chicago puts employee salary data on website

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Keeping with his campaign promise to make Chicago government more transparent, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday posted the salaries of more than 34,000 city employees online.

CHICAGO (AP) — Keeping with his campaign promise to make Chicago government more transparent, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday posted the salaries of more than 34,000 city employees online. The list includes Emanuel’s annual salary of $216,000, along with a $73,000-a-year "asphalt helper" in the transportation department and a $64,000-a-year fire department paramedic. Though some of those workers will see their salaries decrease because of forced unpaid furlough days. City salaries have long been public information but typically organizations have to request to see them. "During the campaign I promised to have the most open, accountable and transparent government that the City of Chicago has ever seen," Emanuel said in a statement. "Today’s effort is another step toward this goal, as we create an administration that is accountable to the citizens of Chicago." The list of 34,218 employees includes estimated annual salaries and the decreased salaries for some workers who have to take furlough days. The city implemented unpaid furlough days under former Mayor Richard Daley to help save money as it tried to dig out of a budget hole. For example, Emanuel’s salary drops to $196,000 after furlough days and the $73,000-a-year asphalt helper has an annual salary of about $67,000 when furlough days are subtracted. Some employees, including paramedics, firefighters and police officers, don’t show furlough day reductions. Also on the salary list are a "water rate taker" in the water department with an $81,000 salary that drops to $73,000 after furlough days, a $96,000-a-year civil engineer, a $70,000 truck driver and a $68,000 police officer. City employee salaries: http://data.cityofchicago.org/Government/Current-Employee-Salaries-and-Position-Titles/r3km-swf6 Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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