City Budget Hearings

Artist's rendering of the Great Chicago Fire Festival, planned for October 2014 along the Chicago River.

Emanuel Aide Defends Cost Of New Great Chicago Fire Festival

At 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.

WBBM Newsradio–10/30/2013

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Despite Aldermen’s Concerns, Mayor Sticking To Plan For Higher Cigarette Tax

Even 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.

10/28/2013

Chicago City Sticker (CBS)

Aldermen Turn Attention To Vehicle Sticker Fees At Budget Hearings

In 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.

CBS Chicago–10/20/2011