(CBS) — Even with a tight budget, Mayor Rahm Emanuel seems willing to let Chicago aldermen continue to each control more than a million dollars a year to be spent in their neighborhoods, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

If you didn’t know, every year each ward receives $1.3 million to address what aldermen feel are needs in their communities. It is called the aldermanic menu and Mayor Emanuel is comfortable with it.
“You call it menu money, I see this is aldermen meeting the needs of their community and residents,” Emanuel said.

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Asked if his new budget to be unveiled later this month will keep the menu at the same level, the mayor noted his administration did make some changes years ago.

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“We set up a structure, where there’s some standards so, I’m doing this by memory, but I think about 50 to 60 percent of the alderman’s menu resources of a million has to go into road paving,” Emanuel said.

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He seems satisfied with that. The mayor spoke with reporters at a street paving site that was not paid for with menu money but with general funds.