Chicago City Budget

Aldermen Brendan Reilly, Ameya Pawar, and Michele Smith (left to right) roll out two stacks of budget documents and audits as they criticize mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for not providing specifics for his budget plan. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Emanuel Allies: Garcia Budget Plan As Real As ‘Leprechauns And Unicorns’

At a City Hall press conference, City Clerk Susana Mendoza and three aldermen who back the mayor rolled out a couple of hand trucks of budget books and audits they claim mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia could use to craft his budget plans.

03/19/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia outlines part of his budget plan for the city, with less than a month until the runoff election against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: CBS)

Garcia Gives Some Details On Budget Plan, Still Mum On Revenue

Saying the city is teetering on a financial cliff, mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on Friday outlined the first specifics of his budget plans, though he remained vague on key details.

03/13/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Garcia: Maybe Emanuel And Rauner Should Fix Budget Over A Bottle Of Wine

Mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said Mayor Rahm Emanuel needs to answer tough questions about how he plans to handle the city’s financial woes.

03/04/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, William "Dock" Walls, Willie Wilson, Bob Fioretti, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia

Emanuel, Rivals Spar Over Budget, Pensions At Second Debate

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his challengers addressed the city’s budget and crippling pension debt in their second formal debate on Friday, and the mayor left the door open just a tiny bit on a possible property tax hike.

01/30/2015

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Chicago City Council Approves Emanuel’s $8.9 Billion Budget

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $8.9 billion budget plan won overwhelming approval from aldermen on Wednesday, although there were some ripples of criticism along the way, particularly from mayoral challenger Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd).

11/19/2014

City Hall

City Retirees Blast New Health Care Premiums In City Budget

As aldermen prepared to approve the mayor’s 2015 budget plan on Wednesday, retired city workers were complaining they would be hurt by health care premiums included in the spending plan.

11/19/2014

Chicago Firetruck, generic sized image

Fire Commissioner Defends OT Costs, Response Times

Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said lawsuits over hiring practices have been to blame for staffing shortages that led to as much as $43 million in overtime costs this year.

11/04/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel presents his annual budget address at City Hall on Oct. 23, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel’s 2014 Budget Speech Includes Warning About Pension Crisis

The mayor also warned aldermen the city his efforts to avoid raising property taxes has been put in jeopardy by the continuing pension crisis in Illinois.

10/23/2013

City Hall

Mayor Plans To Raise Amusement Tax On Cable TV To 6 Percent

Chicago’s cable television customers will see a modest increase in their monthly bills, thanks to a modified amusement tax exemption tied to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2014 budget.

10/22/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel heralds expansion of recycling. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel All But Confirms Cigarette Tax Hike; Cable Could Be Next

Mayor Emanuel told a reporter he has a long history dating back to his early White House days of using cigarette taxes to pay for healthcare.

10/21/2013

City Hall

City Council OKs Mayor’s $8.3B Budget

Chicago aldermen overwhelmingly approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $8.3 billion budget plan on Thursday.

CBS Chicago–11/15/2012

Ald. Jackson Absent From Final City Budget Vote

Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) — who reportedly is under investigation for possible improper campaign finance activities along with her husband, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. – did not show up for the City Council’s final budget vote on Thursday, two days after the congressman was released from the Mayo Clinic.

11/15/2012

Chicago Police Officers (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Mayor Resisting Call From Aldermen To Hire 1,000 Cops Next Year

As City Council budget hearings continued Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was trying to deflect aldermanic calls for more police officers than already planned.

CBS Chicago–10/24/2012

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Chicago Aldermen Hold First Hearing On $8.3 Budget Plan

The City Council’s Budget Committee held its first hearing Tuesday on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $8.3 billion budget plan for next year.

CBS Chicago–10/16/2012

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council ‘Progressive Caucus’ To Host 3 Public Hearings On Budget

Members of the Chicago City Council’s self-described “progressive caucus” said the mayor’s office isn’t giving residents enough of a chance to discuss the city budget, so they’ll hold more budget hearings of their own.

WBBM Newsradio–10/12/2012

Walter Jacobson

Walter’s Perspective: Mayor Needs To Find The Cash For More Cops

I have a subway story to tell you; on the Red Line this morning, the train talk was all about cops, cops, cops, cops. Kind of like President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney talking all about jobs, jobs, jobs.

CBS 2–10/11/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor: I’ll Listen To Aldermen’s Budget Ideas, But ‘I’m Not Raising Taxes’

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he’s willing to listen to aldermen’s suggestions as they pore over his proposed budget, but there are some ideas the mayor said will generate an instant “no.”

WBBM Newsradio–10/11/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses his plan for the 2013 city budget at City Hall. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Proposes Balanced Budget With No New Taxes

Mayor Emanuel presented a $8.3 billion budget on Wednesday that holds the line on taxes and fees and eliminates a nearly $300 million deficit.

10/10/2012

A woman lights up. (file/AFP Getty Images)

Cigarette Tax Hike Under Consideration To Balance City Budget

Chicago smokers could face even higher cigarette taxes as Mayor Rahm Emanuel tries to balance his proposed 2013 budget.

WBBM Newsradio–09/25/2012