budget cuts

Thu, 02/23/2012
Following Republican criticism he didn’t announce budget cuts during his Feb. 1 State of the State address, Gov. Pat Quinn proposed chopping $420 million from agency budgets Wednesday through state facility closures and consolidations. Delivering his annual budget address to an attentive, quiet chamber of lawmakers that did not interrupt his...
Mon, 12/05/2011
Last week, a mother asked her daughter, a senior at Niles West High School, what she wanted for her 18th birthday. The daughter said she only wanted her mom to be there. “We don’t have much money, eat at home and don’t really go out,” said the girl, who baby-sits to help defray expenses like playing club soccer. “She’s not working and has raised...
Mon, 10/24/2011
More than 1,000 county employees would be laid off, about 100,000 residents in the unincorporated areas of Cook County would begin paying for the first time to receive police protection and taxes on alcohol and titled property such as cars and boats would increase under the budget Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is set to unveil to...
Wed, 10/12/2011
As they had done so many times for Mayor Richard M. Daley, aldermen stood and applauded at the end of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first budget speech since he was elected to succeed Daley. And the longest-serving City Council member, Ald. Edward Burke (14th Ward) predicted that a “clear majority” of aldermen would approve Emanuel’s 2012 budget proposal...
Tue, 10/11/2011
Days before he was elected mayor in February, Rahm Emanuel said City Hall’s “day of reckoning” had arrived after years of living beyond its means. At the time, though, Emanuel offered only a rough outline of how he would close the city’s perennial budget gaps. Now, Emanuel’s first real moment of reckoning as mayor has come, as he prepares to...
Thu, 09/01/2011
More than six weeks after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he could dismiss as many as 625 city workers to balance this year’s budget, just a small fraction of that number have received layoff notices. Only 165 workers were let go so far, according to city documents obtained by the Chicago News Cooperative through the Freedom of Information Act. On...
Fri, 07/01/2011
Two days after threatening layoffs and saying he was seeking unspecified union “work rule changes and efficiencies,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday held a hastily scheduled news conference to reveal exactly how he wants to deal with a $31 million budget problem. Emanuel said his new administration will save $10 million by not filling 150 to 200...
Thu, 06/30/2011
Aldermen on Thursday said they were concerned that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s cost-cutting plan could have a negative impact on the delivery of city services. Members of the City Council said the Emanuel administration had not briefed them with details of the mayor’s new plan to cut $20 million through “work rule changes and efficiencies.” Emanuel has...
Tue, 04/26/2011
Much of the steel that built Chicago was made there. And in decades past, most of Chicago’s trash ended up there. Much of our sewage still does, and it has the city’s only Superfund cleanup site. The Southeast Side, including the neighborhoods of Hegewisch, South Deering and Pullman around Lake Calumet, also was the stomping grounds of one of the...
Tue, 04/19/2011
Despite calls for the promotion of a new police superintendent from within the department’s ranks, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel could yet do as he did in finding a new schools CEO and go far beyond the city limits for Chicago’s next top cop. The Chicago News Cooperative reported Monday that President Barack Obama’s drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, is...