Chicago City Budget

City Council Approves Record $588 Million Property Tax HikeThe City Council has approved the largest property tax hike in modern Chicago history, with the vast majority of the new revenue going to shore up police and fire pension funds.
Alderman, Activists: Property Tax Hike Will Hurt Chicago RentersA freshman alderman has joined community groups in predicting Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed property tax increase would create a crisis in affordable rental housing.
Aldermen Trying To Shelve Emanuel Plan To Privatize 311 CenterMost aldermen seemed to worry if the city workers who man the 311 city services call center are replaced by people unfamiliar with the city, requests for neighborhood services could be mishandled, and aldermen would be blamed.
Emanuel Property Tax Hike Clears Another Hurdle, But With Plenty Of DissentMayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal for the City's largest ever Property Tax increase won key committee approval Tuesday afternoon, but the vote was far from unanimous.
Commercial Business Group Sounds Off On Emanuel Property Tax PlanAs members of an Illinois House committee prepared to hold a hearing on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s request to expand property tax exemptions to ease the burden of his proposed property tax hike, Chicago landlords were criticizing the mayor’s plan.
Committee Backs Mayor's Budget Plan After Tweak To Garbage Collection FeeMayor Rahm Emanuel’s $7.8 billion budget passed its first major test on Monday, as the City Council’s Budget Committee endorsed the spending plan after the mayor made a slight change to satisfy aldermen who fear his proposed garbage collection fee would be used to pay for other things.
Civic Federation Backs Emanuel Property Tax Hike, But Has ConcernsA respected financial watchdog group has thrown its support behind Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget plan, but it comes with a warning.
Officials Weigh Idea Of Merging Chicago And Cook County Election OperationsThe Chicago Board of Election Commissioners had an easy hearing before the City Council Budget Committee on Wednesday, mostly avoiding questions about a proposed cost-saving idea.
Mayor's Plan To Privatize 311 Call Center Raises QuestionsSome aldermen were surprised and expressed concerns when the mayor announced plans to outsource operations at the 311 call center, a move he said would save about $1 million a year.
Emanuel To Aldermen: Raise Property Taxes, Or Lay Off Cops And FirefightersMayor Rahm Emanuel told aldermen Tuesday the city must raise property taxes by $543 million to shore up police and firefighter pension funds, or face laying off thousands of firefighters and police officers.
Emanuel Allies Suggest Compromise On Garbage Collection FeeMayor Rahm Emanuel’s top City Council ally and a five other aldermen have unveiled a scaled-down plan for first-ever garbage collection fees in Chicago.
Mayor Gets An Earful At Relatively Calm Final Budget ForumThere were no disruptions Thursday night during the last of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's three town hall meetings on next year's Chicago city budget, but there wasn't time for much else, either.
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