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.
McCarthy Faces Tough Questions From City Council, Gets Backing From EmanuelMayor Rahm Emanuel said he stands by Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, despite calls from members of the City Council Black Caucus that the superintendent be replaced; but the mayor said he understands the aldermen’s frustrations, and empathizes with them.
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.
Clerk Touting Plan For All-Access Vehicle Stickers For RealtorsAs city budget hearings continued Tuesday, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza told aldermen a new type of vehicle sticker stands to make a substantial amount of money for the city.
Emanuel Aide Defends Cost Of New Great Chicago Fire FestivalAt City Council budget hearings on Wednesday, a top city official defended the $1 million price tag for a highly-touted new city festival next year, four years after the city ended the popular, and much cheaper, Venetian Night festival.
Despite Aldermen's Concerns, Mayor Sticking To Plan For Higher Cigarette TaxEven before budget hearings began, some aldermen said they were worried that a proposed 75-cent-per-pack increase in cigarette taxes would drive consumers to Indiana and the suburbs, where the taxes are lower.
Aldermen Turn Attention To Vehicle Sticker Fees At Budget HearingsIn a second day of city budget hearings at City Hall, aldermen turned their focus to the Emanuel administration’s proposal to increase fees for city vehicle stickers, as City Clerk Susana Mendoza urged them to go after sticker scofflaws instead.