Emanuel: City To Fund Summer Jobs With Money From Scofflaws

UPDATED 03/05/12 10:10 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday that money seized from scofflaws through their state income tax refunds will allow the city to provide to nearly 20,000 young people with more summer jobs, more day camp openings and other summer activities.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, the mayor said Monday that $5.2 million have already been collected from scofflaws who have not paid tickets or outstanding fees owed the city. Emanuel calls the fund the “safety surplus.”

The mayor expects $3.3 million more to be added in the weeks ahead, for a total of $8.5 million.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

In addition to the summer jobs, day camp slots and more the extra money will also allow the city to bring on 50 new cadets for the June 2012 Chicago Police Academy class, Emanuel said.

The city will devote $2 million each to summer jobs with local businesses, $2 million more for apprenticeships and internships through the After School Matters program, and another $2 million for the new police cadets. In addition, $2.5 million will go toward Chicago Park District programs, Mayor Emanuel said in a news release.

“Nineteen thousands seven hundred children will either have summer camp, a summer job, or summer activity – athletic, academic, or artistic – whatever their interests are, that we could not provide,” the mayor said.

So far, 28,000 people have had money taken from their state income tax returns, and more than 15,000 of them don’t even live in the city of Chicago, Emanuel said.

“Around 54 percent of the money is from people that do not live in the city of Chicago,” the mayor said.

Last month, the City Council approved an ordinance that allows city revenue collectors to take income tax refunds from people who owe outstanding debts.

When the ordinance was approved on Feb. 15, the city was owed some $400 million in unpaid tickets.

Under the ordinance, if your tax return is less than what you owe, the remainder can be taken out of future refunds.

  • THEE Yard Ape

    LOL !!!! OK Rahm, when all is said and done, I hope you will have firm numbers on those “created jobs”. On 2nd thought, never mind, as we know that you come from the same school as NObama when it comes to counting the number of jobs created or saved!!!

  • tom sharp

    Rahm will be able to wipe out the City’s debt once he starts passing out speeding tickets for everyone going over 25 MPH. The tickets from Lake Shore Drive alone (almost all of which is within an “eighth of a mile of a park”) should be enough to cover all road repairs. The only downside for Rahm is that the taxpayers and “speeders” may lynch him first.

  • dan

    20,000 jobs or maybe 2 union jobs……..

  • Me

    Uh…I’m confused about the math…$4million for summer jobs = 20k jobs. (or ninteen thousands as the mayor said)

    That’s $200 a job. Minimum wage of $8.25/hr works outs to 24hrs of work. Awesome…3 days of work for folks.

    • Callous

      Politicians and math, or common sense do not exist in the same universe. Taxpayers always make up for the consequences of faulty calculations. Good analysis on your part, though, but utterly falling on deaf ears and blank looks from the Owe-bummer crowds.

  • Chicago's Very Own

    I wonder which City employee is getting rich off this money this summer!!

  • Mom

    The mayor needs to provide summer jobs for the school kids so he could garnish their wages when they don’t pay their fines for chewing gum or not tying their shoes in school.

  • David

    reminds me of Robinhood

    • Mom

      I call it, “the half Robin Hood”. Steal from the rich and keep it.

  • Jay

    It really amazes me that with all of the negative opinions toward Rham, how the hell did this guy ever get elected in the first place? If all of the minority votes were eliminated, would Rham have still won? Where are his supporters on these stories? They seem to be non-existant, yet he still won. How can this be?

    • Callous

      That’s because his opponents were far worse pieces of work than Rahm. Chicago needs a hero, but only lowlifes apply. Now that amazes me.

    • Lyndia

      Rahm won 40 wards, Chico won10 wards. That is how he won.

      • Mom

        Your math is right on the money but, your ability to comprehend Jay’s point needs some help.

  • edge

    Work !!they dont have to work.Just show up and get a check.
    Just like the other parasites

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