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Several Chicago aldermen receive pricy computer tablets

Most of Chicago’s 50 aldermen have new, computer tablets, thanks to taxpayers.

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Several council members received the “Dell Latitude 10″ tablets that run Microsoft Windows 8, keyboards, and docking stations.

The total bill: $80,500.

The tablets have software that allows council members to submit requests for services like replacing streetlights, trimming trees, and removing graffiti. Much of that is currently filed on paper.

Some alderman declined the gadget because they already use their own tablet or smartphone.

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9 Comments to “Several Chicago aldermen receive pricy computer tablets”

    WAWWLI said:
    September 11, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    So let me think about this….. $80,500.00 for 50 tablets, keyboards and docking stations? Thats $1610.00 per alderman and this is low-balling as not all alderman wanted them. On Dells website, the best 10" tablet is $779.00, Docking Station $119.00, and keyboard $60.00. That totals $958.00. There is $652.00 left over. Now I realize I am not counting taxes, but where do these people shop, Double-The-Cost.com? I guess you really don't care because its easy to spend other peoples money for new toys, copper doors, and statues. So how much are taxes for everything going to go up this year because of these upgrades? This doesn't help the money hole Illinois is in now does it there mayor and gov!

    maddmenn said:
    September 11, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    That's why the city is the way it is,I will never visit,unless I got a police escourt

      Andrea said:
      September 11, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      fine…stay in Lombard and die of boredom

        Guest said:
        September 11, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        better than getting shot on my own porch

    Andrea said:
    September 11, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    i wonder if this purchase was put out to bidding..

    Dick Beninya said:
    September 11, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    It’s not the computers , it’s the pensions that got us broke!
    It’s not unusual for employees to have work computer to do their official tasks. $80k isnt a lot of money for business class computers that support business class security, encryption etc…
    Vs pension obligations approaching $1bil

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