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#ChiBudget 2014: The Calm Before the Pension Storm

Joe Moreno | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

This budget seems a little like the calm before the pension storm. Unless the state acts, and acts soon, the "pension bomb" explodes next year.

Forget School Supply Drives; Chicago Schools Need Toilet Paper

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.20.2013 | Chicago

In some cash-strapped Chicago schools, no resource can be taken for granted -- not even toilet paper. Nicholas Sposato, alderman of Chicago’s 36...

City's Budget Shortfall Expected To Surge To $1 Billion

Reuters | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO, July 31 (Reuters) - Chicago's preliminary budget gap is expected to fall next year but is on track to nearly triple in 2015 without pension...

Rahm's New Budget Still Faces Steep Hurdles

Barbara Popovic | Posted 12.12.2012 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

We talked about Mayor Emanuel's new budget on this week's Chicago Newsroom, and about Community Media Workshop's latest report on how Chicagoans get their news.

Dancing With the Stars: Rahm and Toni Step to a New Tune in Chicago

Keith Koeneman | Posted 12.12.2012 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

Sometimes when you see two people out on the dance floor, it is clear that they are partners. They move in sync, with energy and an unspoken discipline. Such is the case now in Chicago with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Rahm Introduces 2013 Budget To City Council

Posted 10.11.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday delivered his 2013 budget address to the City Council. The mayor's proposed budget contains no new taxes or...

Alderman Proposes New 'Safety & Security Fee' To Fund Cops' Hiring

Posted 09.21.2012 | Chicago

An influential Chicago alderman is proposing that the city's residents pay a new "safety and security fee" to help fund the hiring of 700 new police o...

While the Meter Runs on the City's Legal Tab, Children Lack Protection

David Protess | Posted 10.01.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

$82 million for public safety. That's how much Mayor Rahm Emmanuel slashed from the city's budget to reduce the deficit. In times of tapped out taxpayers, it's hard to quarrel with the mayor's goal. But what about the impact on concerned residents?

Rahm: Chicago Budget Deficit Cut Nearly In Half

NBC Chicago | Posted 07.31.2012 | Chicago

Chicago's budget crisis is easing just a bit, according to new numbers released by the mayor's office. Mayor Rahm Emanuel estimates the city will f...

Chicago Police Department Will Hire 500 New Cops This Year

Posted 07.03.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy promised in late 2011 that the city's new budget would provide for the department to hire more police off...

Study Shows Violence Costs Chicago $5.3 Billion Annually

Posted 06.21.2012 | Chicago

A Center for American Progress study tracing the costs of violent crime found that Chicago loses $5.3 billion to the literal and intangible costs of v...

City’s Failure To Fix Crumbling Viaduct To Cost Taxpayers $450,000

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 07.08.2012 | Chicago

Chicago's failure to repair a crumbling downtown viaduct -- despite a "task order" generated by a call to 311 -- will cost taxpayers $450,000. The ...

Protests Heat Up As City Prepares To Close Mental Health Clinics

Posted 04.30.2012 | Chicago

Updated story As the city prepared to close three more mental health clinics Monday, Chicago mental health advocates protested outside Mayor Rahm E...

Lizzie Schiffman

Nobel Representatives Visit Chicago Mental Health Program Protest | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 04.27.2012 | Chicago

As Chicago's Mental Health Movement continues to speak out against the city's decision to close six mental health clinics, those in the city for the W...

WATCH: Activists To Bring Mental Health Clinic Protest To Rahm's Home

Posted 04.17.2012 | Chicago

Protesters fighting to keep a mental health clinic on Chicago's South Side open threatened early Tuesday to bring their battle to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's...

CPS Projects $700M Budget Deficit

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.28.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools once again faces big budget woes -- this time a projected $700 million shortfall in 2013. The board met Wednesday morning to...

City May Collect On Overdue Fines By Docking State Tax Returns

Posted 02.14.2012 | Chicago

Do you owe the city of Chicago some money for an overdue parking ticket or other fines? Under a proposal approved Tuesday by the City Council Budget C...

Library Head Resigns As Battle Over Layoffs, Hours Continues

Posted 01.25.2012 | Chicago

The woman at the helm of the Chicago Public Library system for the past 18 years has resigned from her post in the midst of ongoing disputes over staf...

Jen Sabella

CME Group's 'Golden Toilet'? Budget Cuts Renew Anger About Chicago TIFs | Jen Sabella | Posted 01.25.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- On Tuesday morning, a group of about 50 protesters gathered at the Board of Trade -- home of the CME Group -- to deliver a "golden toilet" ...

Mental Health Advocates Pan Rahm's Planned Clinic Closures

Posted 01.21.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Mental Health Movement released a report Thursday outlining the long-term costs of Mayor Emanuel's proposed cuts and condemning the closur...

Should Chicago Library Workers Skip Raises To Keep Branches Open On Mondays?

Posted 01.12.2012 | Chicago

The labor union representing city librarians balked at a suggestion made by two powerful Chicago aldermen this week that they should forego their cont...

Chicago Libraries And The Battle Between Rahm Emanuel, Unions

Posted 01.10.2012 | Chicago

When the Chicago Public Library announced via Facebook that nearly all branches would be closed Monday, it raised a few eyebrows. After all, there was...

City Library's Regional Branches Now Closed On Mondays

Posted 01.05.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Public Library announced via its Facebook page Wednesday that, apparently effective immediately, all of its branch locations, save two plu...

Chicago Motorist Wallets Will Suffer In New Year

The Expired Meter | Posted 02.27.2012 | Chicago

When local governments are broke, motorists should hide their wallets. Car owners always seem to be the fall guys when local governments can't balance...

Rahm: City Has Exceeded Cost-Cutting Goal

Posted 12.19.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that the city has exceeded its already lofty goal to save the Chicago taxpayers $75 million by the year's end. ...