When Regional Transportation Authority Chairman John Gates wrote last week urging the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace to work more closely together, he wasn’t anticipating the collaboration that resulted.
The chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority is floating a proposal he says could save taxpayers as much as $150 million a year.
The fight is escalating to save a mental health clinic in the Woodlawn neighborhood, as protesters camp outside in the second high-profile demonstration in a week.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city has exceeded its pledge to save taxpayers $75 million for this year.
Another plan to consolidate some Chicago Public Schools students has been scrapped, thanks to an outpouring of outrage from parents.
Community input has helped save a Chicago public school from consolidation.
Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed a plan to merge the state’s current 868 school districts into no more than 300, a move aimed at saving $100 million.
With an income tax hike already in effect, Gov. Pat Quinn has presented a budget plan that would not raise any new taxes or fees, but would still cut state aide to the poor, reduce a number of services and borrow billions of dollars to pay overdue bills.