A new report found that Rahm Emanuel's Chicago is one of the worst cities when it comes to gender pay gap, despite the five-year mayor frequently exhorting employers to adopt equal pay standards.
A report by the government transparency nonprofit Open the Books detailed the enormous pay gap afflicting Chicago, where just 27 percent of women were in the highest 1,000 earners in fiscal year 2016.
Further, Open the Books found:
- Just one of the top 20 highest-paid Illinois employees was a woman. In the top 30, there were just two women. Collectively, the top 30 public earners cost taxpayers nearly $19 million.
- The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) employed 298 of the 1,000 high earners costing taxpayers $87.3 million. There were 209 men earning $62.8 million and 89 women earning $24.5 million.
- The largest public salary in Illinois went to Dr. Fady Charbel, a professor who heads the neurosurgery department at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He made nearly $1.6 million in 2016.
"Mayor Emanuel has serious gender gap issues in budgets he manages yet he supported rallies on Equal Pay Day and sent out mayoral proclamations lamenting, 'Women continue to suffer the consequences of unequal pay,'" group co-founder Adam Andrzejewski told The Washington Free Beacon. "Perhaps he should rectify the disparities in his own payroll first."
Emanuel declared April 14, 2015 to be "Women's Equal Pay Day in Chicago" in recognition of the Equal Pay Act.
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