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Emanuel: City Has Exceeded Pledge To Save $75 Million

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city has exceeded its pledge to save taxpayers $75 million for this year.

The mayor says the city has saved more than $83 million in total, through a variety of moves.

Among them are $5.5 million from cuts in senior management, and almost $5 million from coordinating the Transportation and Water Management departments.

And in a mixed blessing, more than $2 million were saved through parking and traffic enforcement.

Few layoffs were involved. Nearly 50 downtown traffic control aides lost jobs, but many were able to reapply for other posts in the city.

Some departments also have been merged. The city has hired more attorneys allowing the city to take back some cases from outside lawyers and to stop outsourcing certain types of cases.

The city also saved $600,000 by eliminating company cars for senior management.

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