Overtime payments in the City of Chicago appear to have gotten a little out of hand, with one employee - a vaguely-titled "police communications operator" - making more in overtime than his or her $77,784 salary last year.
Said employee earned $91,116 in overtime pay - which is a good deal more than America's average per capita income, $27,915.
And this worker's overtime comp is not that exceptional. "Overall, 26 city employees made over $50,000 in overtime last year, while 223 made more than $30,000," according to Redeye.
Before you get too outraged, many of these employees are in policing and fire-fighting – lines of work that most Americans would agree warrant decent compensation. However, it's unlikely that many people – other than the Chicago employees themselves – will think any variety of public work warrants such generous overtime.
Chicago government has no plans to cap overtime pay - they've just increased their overtime budget by $3 million, to $32 million total. As Gawker's Jordan Sargent puts it, "who says the American dream is dead?"