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.
Emanuel To Seek $500M Property Tax HikeMayor Rahm Emanuel will seek a massive property tax hike later this month, as he seeks to shore up police and firefighter pension funds, and close a $750 million budget hole.
Emanuel Still Seeking Budget Solutions Ahead Of Second Town Hall MeetingThe mayor heard plenty of complaints at the first town hall meeting, but is also seeking suggestions for how to plug a $750 million hole in the budget.
African-American Aldermen Question Potential Garbage Collection Fee6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer says he is neither for nor against imposing a fee on home garbage collections, he wants to hear more about it.
Mayor To Hold Town Hall Meetings To Get Budget Ideas From The PublicThe mayor said he, his finance team, and cabinet members will attend the meetings on Monday, Aug. 31, Wednesday, Sept. 2, and Thursday, Sept. 3. Emanuel said he’ll spell out the choices the city must make in these challenging, pension debt-driven times; and he wants to hear residents’ thoughts on coping with the crises.
Emanuel To Send Aldermen His Budget Plan A Month EarlyFacing a $1 billion shortfall in its operating budget, and a combined $20 billion pension deficit, the mayor said he’ll introduce his budget to the City Council in September, instead of October, so aldermen can give him their ideas for confronting the crisis.
Budget Watchdog: City's Junk Bond Status Could Cost Up To $300 MillionRalph Martire, director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, said the latest downgrade to junk bond status will cost the city an additional $200 million to $300 million, on top of its existing budget deficit and employee pension fund shortfalls.
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.
Garcia Gives Some Details On Budget Plan, Still Mum On RevenueSaying 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.