|(José M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune photo / January 29, 2011)
Oh dear lord. Just a couple days after we posted about the handsome $88,445 annual pension former alderman Helen Shiller receives, there's news that she wants to give it up for a $130,000/year four-year appointment doing expert budget oversight for the City Council. We'll assume that the lobbyist gig with Lakeview Strategy doesn't provide the thrill that city government did.
The Sun-Times reports: "Former independent Ald. Helen Shiller (46th) is lobbying her former colleagues to become the new $130,000-a-year City Council Financial Analyst. One day after the City Council created the $485,000-a-year office to provide expert advice on mayoral spending, programs and privatization, aldermen disclosed that Shiller was angling to run it."
In the article, Helen Shiller is described as, among other things, "a budget guru," "rambunctious," "a thorn in Daley's side," "as close to Marxist as you’d ever find at City Hall," and "co-opted by Daley." The entire article is here.
An alderman who asked not to be identified said he doubted she would get the job, due to the fact that the current aldermen created the position because they needed expert help, and that it would look wrong for a former alderman to fill that need.
Well, this is Chicago, so anything is possible. Helen Shiller's home is located in the 47th Ward, and her own alderman, Ameya Pawar, was the one who pushed for the creation of the position she's angling for. We wait with bated breath.