More Chicago Politicians Who Needlessly Have Taxpayer-Funded Bodyguards

Published by the Author on November 30, 2008 at 12:02 am > Gun Related News > More Chicago Politicians Who Needlessly Have Taxpayer-Funded Bodyguards

I’ve previously discussed how Chicago’s anti gun rights politicians spend millions in taxpayer money on bodyguards for themselves at at time when ordinary Chicago citizens are dying faster than US soldiers in Iraq. The Sun-Times now reports that Chicago City Treasurer Stephanie Neely and Chicago Alderman Edward M. Burke, still have police officers permanently assigned to chauffeur and protect them, despite the fact that these individuals have no particular reason to fear for their safety.  Instead, having police officers assigned is a status symbol and luxury for those individuals:

Influential Chicago politicians have long been afforded the luxury of having Chicago police office assigned as their full time chauffeurs and body guards, even when such individuals needed no extra protection.  For example, former Chicago City Clerk Jim Laski had 4 such officers assigned to him – until he was caught up in the hired truck scandal back in 2006.  Nowadays, politicians such as Chicago City Treasurer Stephanie Neely and Chicago Alderman Edward M. Burke enjoy the perks – as does Mayor Daley.

The inherent unfairness and waste here should be apparent.  Millions of dollars of taxpayer money is spent so that influential politicians can have chauffeur and bodyguards that they don’t need, while ordinary citizens are shot on the streets; sometimes with 5 murders occurring within a 12 hour time frame.  Other times, 7 people will be shot in a single drive by, and some Chicago residents end up being shot 3 times in a single yearDomestic violence victims also go unprotected.  Making matters worse, Chicago is short on funds and has delayed the hiring of new police officers because of this budgetary problem.  Perhaps the taxpayer money would be best spent protecting those taxpayers with extra police officers on the street, rather than having cops play chauffeur for Chicago politicians whose safety is not in jeopardy?

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  • Frank

    I see that many people are murdered in Chicago every year.The Mayor,and city counsel have either bodyguards,or carry guns themselves.I would like them to leave guns and bodyguards at home and Pull down an alley and park a car in a garage in most sections of the city at 1-4 in the morning.They could even walk their dog after swing shift.I think they would have different ideas on gun laws.Only one Chicago mayor was ever killed (Cermack).And they were aiming at Roosevelt!Maybe the Syindicate has killed some aldermen and city officials for cheating on them, Idont know of any.
    When i grew up in a farming community everyone had guns and used them for hunting,and target practice,and yes if it came to it for home protection.No police for miles.
    No one was ever killed or accidentally shot,Everyone knew what a gun was and how to safely use it.We need to change peoples attitudes,not gun laws.People dont respect life or each other.