12/01/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

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

City Council griping about Chicago's financial woes reached its loudest volume Thursday as Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Michael Picardi testified about Mayor Richard Daley's 2009 budget proposal.

The mayor's budgets often have passed with the support of all 50 aldermen, but this year nobody is happy with plans to lay off almost 1,000 city workers. Daley said the cuts are necessary to erase a $469 million budget shortfall.

"This budget is becoming to me more and more unacceptable," Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) said as she questioned Picardi.

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