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Chicago Budget Shortfall

Aldermen Riled Up Over City Garbage Cuts, Daley's Budget

Chicago Tribune | Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

City Council griping about Chicago's financial woes reached its loudest volume Thursday as Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Michael Picardi testifi...

TIF Districts Costing City Over $550M: Study

Chicago Reader | Ben Joravsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Clerk David Orr's annual TIF report is due out tomorrow, and the news is all bleak. On the one hand, the city's tax increment financing d...

Blues And Jazz Fests Losing A Day

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Blues Fest and Jazz Fest, two of the city's most popular outdoor music festivals, will be reduced from four days to three and feature fewer stages bec...

Manicures And Vegan Food: Coming Soon To Chicago's Airports?

Chicago Tribune | Jon Hilkevitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Richard Rodriguez would like hungry passengers to have more choices of ethnic foods to buy while traveling through Chicago's airports. As the city's ...

Aldermen Easy On Top Cop Despite High Crime Rate

Chicago Tribune | Angela Rozas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis presented the City Council today with a budget that will cut 200 civilian jobs and reorganize top brass, and faced ques...

Daley Defends Budget Cuts

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ignoring sniping from all sides, Mayor Daley said today he's not about to soften the cuts in his tough-times 2009 budget because there's no money to p...

Food Safety Compromised By Budget Cuts: Union

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley is inviting restaurants and groceries to cut sanitary corners and putting public health at risk by slashing Health Department spending and...

City Council Takes Issue With Daley's Budget

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley's plan to slow police hiring, shrink the size of city garbage crews and lay off 929 employees by cutting basic housekeeping services came ...

Chicago Police Department Eliminating Key Position

Chicago Sun-Times | Frank Main and Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Police Department will undergo a historic makeover with the elimination of a key position --first deputy superintendent, the person who tr...

Daley Shutting Down City Government

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley today ordered a "partial shutdown" of city government for three days this year and three more days in 2009 to help solve Chicago's worst b...

Taxes Rising On Parking, Concerts And Sporting Events

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago sports fans, movie mavens, concertgoers and theater patrons will pay more to attend live events--and so will those who park their cars in gara...

Chicago's Cost-Cutting Ideas

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If too many cooks spoil the broth, the solution to Chicago's budget crisis will be one spoiled stew. Aldermen, union leaders and civic watchdogs are ...

Daley Talks Baseball, Not Budget

Chicago Reader | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley took media questions following Wednesday's City Council meeting. Asked if he is worried about legal challenges to the O'Hare Expansion Pro...

150 Out At City Hall

Chicago Tribune | Todd Lighty and Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Facing a shortage of money needed to run the city, Mayor Richard Daley in July offered a voluntary severance program for non-union workers. The mayor ...

City Debt $420 Million

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago is facing a $420 million budget hole, city budget officials announced Thursday. They project a $141 million shortfall this year that will ball...