As Chicagoans' Water Bills Double, Mayor Emanuel Siphons Off Millions To Cover Murky City Expenses

11/10/2011 05:52 pm ET | Updated Jan 10, 2012
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All summer long, in press conferences and at public hearings, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget refrain remained the same: no more accounting gimmicks and no new taxes.

"We have been doing smoke and mirrors on the budget and avoided taking control of our own future as a city," he said at a public budget hearing in Englewood in August. "That moment of reckoning is here."

But the mayor who vowed to bring honesty to the budgeting process continues to rely on one of the oldest tricks of them all: the water/sewer fund sleight of hand.

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