Truth Be Told
Experience (and sources) tell us that there's the possibility - and we stress - a possibility - that ... well ... at the Council, things are never as they seem; that there may be a bit of hocus pocus going on.
So, we thought we'd check out the magic tricks first hand.
When the Council released an official statement to The Politicker and other publications (including The New York Times) about the percentage of its staff, that prior to last Friday's massacre, it considered to be of color, a Council spokeswoman had this to say:
"...before the firings, 43% of the staff were people of color, and 45% were women."
What she did not make clear in her statement was whether or not the "staff" she was referring to - the denominator in the calculation - was comprised of the entire City Council staff (which would have included the independently hired staff of each of the 51 Council Members) or, only the Speaker Quinn-controlled "central staff".
We've emailed the Spokeswoman, and emailed Quinn's Chief of Stuff, but so far, have gotten no reply.
So yesterday, we sent the Council's new General Counsel a request under the Freedom of Information Law (click on the image to view and enlarge the request).
Not a peep from them as of yet!