"I believe that an alderman's office is a political office," said
Chicago alderman Suarez, one of 50 aldermen to get their expense
allowances doubled last year, according to
an article in the Chicago Tribune
. Suarez, however, refused to use
city funds to pay for his ward office, because "it's hard to draw a
precise line between legislative and political activity," according to another
article in the Chicago Tribune.
And when part-time local government legislators are given over $70,000
in expenses beyond an office, three aides, and a salary over $100,000
plus benefits, the precise line between legislative and personal
activity also becomes an issue.