It's a good life for public workers

April 30, 2013 

The median income in East St. Louis is about $22,000, according to statistical data. Yet the average income at City Hall and School District 189 starts at about $35,000 annually up to and exceeding $100,000, according to their annual reports.

Obviously the majority of employees from both employment agencies do not reside within East St. Louis. As with most other communities that require their employees to live within their city, stipulating a six-month grace period, East St. Louis activates and lifts the same restrictions accordingly. An example would be a man hired to be police chief who happened to be white; he never held office as chief. He would have been required to live in the city and take a furlough day once a month after he had negotiated a set salary.

Until we, the remaining residents of East St. Louis, start being a part of our community, the city will continue to be what they want it to be. Meaning, citizens will continue to fall prey to the dictatorship of the St. Clair County Democratic Club, which selects our officials, allowing them to take care of their family and friends and provide nothing for the city or citizens.

After all, the city elected leaders provide the St. Clair County Democratic Club with everything they need: enough manufactured votes from the only one of a kind East St. Louis Board of Elections.

Dorothy Joshway

East St. Louis

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