Emanuel Might Eliminate Department Of Environment

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to eliminate the city’s Department of Environment as he continues to prepare his plan to close a projected $637 million budget shortfall.

According to sources close to the matter, some positions within the Department of Environment would be eliminated altogether, while others would likely be merged into the General Services and Fleet Departments, which deal with energy-related issues like fuel for city vehicles — some of which are hybrid cars.

Still other positions would be shifted to the Mayor’s office to deal with environmental policy issues.

Rich Rodriguez, a longtime aide to former Mayor Richard M. Daley, was tapped to be a “caretaker” of the Environment Department under the Emanuel administration. He previously ran the CTA and was also Daley’s aviation commissioner and buildings commissioner during more than 12 years with the city.

Sources said that staffers at the Environment Department have been on edge since Emanuel took office, waiting for the ax to fall on their department.

As of Monday afternoon, CBS 2 was waiting for a response from Emanuel’s office.

–CBS 2 Political Producer Ed Marshall contributed to this report.

  • Nick

    Bob, I too speak from experience and I must say I’ve never found that the case. Beyond KIND, they are NECESSARY. This department is Chicago’s main points of distinction on a national or even a global level.

    • Bob

      The guy who came to our plant barely spoke English and did not know what he was looking at. Then he sent us a fine for a machine that was not what he called it. Not even close. We had to waste a half day in court to get out of the fine, but still pay court costs. This was a rip off.

  • tom Sharp

    Rich Rodriguez: insider patronage pimp who showed no ability to run anything (e.g., what do you think of the CTA past and present) in charge. What can go wrong here?

    • Anne O

      I agree with you tom!!

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