by: Diane Benjamin
Bloomington recently posted a lot of information on-line in the interest of transparency. Luckily I have ways of manipulating what they post so the data is usable. http://cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=36
How much do alderman earn serving on the City Council? This is from 2012. It begs the question of why Jennifer McDade spent something like $20,000 to stay on the ballot when her petitions were challenged before the last election. It could have been much more. According to the Election Commission website, she got a $32,000 loan: http://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/D2Quarterly.aspx?id=498948
It also makes me wonder why members of the Council are trying to create larger wards and at-large alderman when it will cost even more to run for office! Obviously nobody runs for the money, but they are willing to pay a lot of money to get a seat.
Maybe an intelligence or personality test should be given before candidates are allowed to run. Do they want a seat on the Council to represent their ward, or is it just a power trip for them? It’s pretty easy to tell once they are elected, unfortunately the citizens are stuck for 4 years with the choice.
Much more information to come!