12/11/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Daley's Budget Approved After Council Rebellion Quelled

Mayor Daley's tough times 2009 budget -- precariously balanced with 929 layoffs, slow police hiring and $52.5 million worth of taxes, fines and fees -- cleared its first legislative hurdle on Monday.

But not before a mini-City Council rebellion.

Blind-sided by Daley's plan to charge their treasured aldermanic menus for the cost of replacing broken alley and street lights, aldermen threatened to delay a vote on the $5.97 billion spending plan.

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