Can Mayor Rahm Emanuel Manage Chicago?

(From Forbes)

Since 2011, more than 20,000 shootings and homicides have left the city scarred. City pensions are nearly insolvent. While property taxes spike higher, the city still borrows for basic operations. The city now taxes plastic bags and even Cubs, Sox and concert tickets. One million residents have left Chicago since 1950 and 20,000 fled in the last year alone.

Chicago is in trouble. But the city’s woes aren’t stopping 10,600 government employees from bringing home six-figure incomes and higher. This includes 1,000 city employees who pocketed at least $40,000 each in overtime.

Under Emanuel’s leadership, Chicago now has more six-figure public employees than the entire state government of Illinois. Search our OpenTheBooks interactive map by ZIP code for the city employees earning more than $100,000 and costing taxpayers $1.3 billion. Just click a pin and scroll down to see the results rendered in the chart beneath the map.

Here are some highlights gleaned from our open records request of 2016 city payroll:

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