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State representative gets help deciding city council is too much

So it turns out three jobs is a problem and Illinois state Rep. Latoya Greenwood resigned her seat on the East St. Louis City Council.
So it turns out three jobs is a problem and Illinois state Rep. Latoya Greenwood resigned her seat on the East St. Louis City Council. Photo illustration

It turns out Wonder Woman LaToya Greenwood cannot do it all. Good move to resign from the East St. Louis City Council.

Nice to believe she came to the altruistic realization that she needed “to be able to focus on my duties as state representative.”

Especially after she failed to show up for six of seven City Council meetings.

But the cynic in us imagines instead that Greenwood finally got some decent legal advice on her conflict of interest. The incompatibility of serving as a state representative and city official were pretty well established in 1908, when a state senator from Chicago tried also to be a city court clerk.

Practically speaking, Greenwood was doing a lousy job at three taxpayer-funded jobs that paid her a total of $176,236. Besides Illinois House Representative, she served as city councilwoman and made it to one meeting as well as East St. Louis School District 189 director of human resources, making it to work for half of her shifts.

It still is an unsavory situation to vote on the state tax dollars flowing back to your employer and the regulation of your employer, but let’s take a moment to enjoy this positive move that allows Greenwood to focus.

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