What the charts show over time in Chicago are fewer active employees, significantly more retirees, sharply rising salaries and pensions, and annual shortfalls in the growth of assets that even a few good years of investment returns will do little to fix.

In just six years, for instance, the number of police retirees has grown from 58 percent of the active police force to 75 percent of the police force.


Hair-raising Chicago pension charts….