Laid Off Traffic Aide Disappointed With Mayor’s Answers

CHICAGO (CBS) — The feisty fired traffic aide who stood up to Mayor Rahm Emanuel at his city budget town meeting Monday night, is now telling more of her story to CBS 2.

As CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports, Maria Randazzo’s 6 ½-year job as a traffic aide in the Loop and at O’Hare International Airport ended abruptly when the city laid off 72 traffic aides earlier this month.

“They took our badges and ID and sent everybody home,” she said.

Monday night, Randazzo and scores of other laid-off traffic aides voiced their anger at Emanuel at a town hall meeting. The subject was the Mayor’s steps to erase $600 million worth of red ink in the city budget.

Randazzo asked why the aides were let go when they bring in $2.5 million in revenue.

Emanuel reminded them of a campaign promise.

“I told everybody I would be about the city taxpayers, not the city payroll,” he said.

Randazzo told the Mayor, “I don’t have insurance, I don’t have the money to pay my bills. How can you not really answer that? I don’t think you understand how much you hurt me.”

Randazzo said she wasn’t frightened or intimidated, although she “wasn’t sure what to expect from him cause I never met him.”

The mayor told her, “I don’t relish these choices.”

She said she was disappointed by his lack of sympathy.

“Maybe he doesn’t like it when my co-workers start yelling at him. I don’t know. He didn’t want to spend time with us,” Randazzo said.

Randazzo said she hopes to talk with Emanuel again. She’d like to try to convince him to start laying off managers, instead of those she calls “the poor people.”

The Mayor said Monday night that he’s not finished cutting and that managers are in his sights.

There’ll be another town hall meeting about the budget Wednesday night at Malcolm X College.

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  • Gabe

    Boo hoo ! Most ex traffic aides have moved onto other jobs. Why don’t you do the same.

  • question

    Hmmm gabe….you have facts to back that up??? in this economy it is hard to just move on!! hate to see it happend to you!!

  • doo

    Only dam person doing something in Chicago is Toni P. like it or not. Emanuel should’ve cut management and city council in half. What a joke! He may run for Gov next.

  • Brad B

    Why do people feel Gov’t jobs are guaranteed? Welcome to the “real” world… suck it up and start looking for something else. I know it sucks to loose your job, but people in the private sector have been dealing with it for a long time.

  • Laukesha

    These traffic aides are the worst, especially those in the loop. They are rude and obnoxious yelling at the top of their lungs in their ghetto language.

  • sean

    and remember people aldermen only have to do one term and they get a full pension along with the mayor!and they get free health care while they serve in office,wakeup chicago the media will not ask the hard questions they are bought and sold!

  • Chivi

    THey should stop crying. Government workers do not walk on water!!!! On top of the fact that they are very lazy, yes rude and yes obnoxious! We don’t need them. That is what the signs and lights are for. Traffic aides were never ever needed to begin with. The favor has ended. There is a whole lot of spending that needs to be stopped. Good for you Mayor Emanual!!! Keep going Rahm!!! You’re the man.

  • Bill

    I don’t live in the city and I couldn’t have voted for this mayor. But I have to say that I’ve been impressed. He is doing what a manager is suppose to be doing. He is looking out for the health of the city. His job isn’t to provide jobes for those who live there. I have sympathy for those who were let go. I have no doubts that city managers are also worried that their positions will be eliminated.

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