Moody's Downgrades Chicago, Cites Rahm's Pension Mismanagement

Like the president he served, Rahm Emanuel, who was Barack Obama’s chief of staff before he became Chicago’s mayor, inherited a debt crisis and made it worse. 

And this led Moody’s, the ratings agency, to downgrade Chicago’s general obligation rating, which had been “stable,” to “negative,” according to Reuters.

Moody’s, in a statement, said: "Chicago's administration has yet to unveil a detailed strategy for improving pension funding levels and is not currently contributing the full annual required contributions.

"Should pension pressures continue to escalate absent a specific plan of reform, the city's credit quality will likely weaken."

According to Reuters, the city of Chicago’s “unfunded liability for its fire, police, laborers and municipal pension funds is projected to reach $19.2 billion at the end of 2012, up from $14.6 billion at the end 2009.”

It looks like the revolving door between Chicago and Washington is only serving to ensure a race to the bottom between the two entities' credit ratings.


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