CTA 2012 budget headed for a vote despite bumpy ride

November 15, 2011

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The Chicago Transit Authority board votes Tuesday on its proposed 2012 budget.

The Chicago City Council was scheduled to vote on the 2012 budget Wednesday but first, the Chicago Transit Authority board was to vote on its own budget Tuesday; but not without contention. CTA President Forrest Claypool has said unions' outdated work rules needed to go. Claypool aimed to fill an estimated $277 million budget shortfall but union leaders have said the proposed changes will not solve the whole problem. They were mad that Claypool appeared to blame it all on old work rules and think there is more to the issue. At this point, they have taken a lot of personal shots at Claypool. The showdown could result in bad news for riders--higher fares and service cuts. To learn more Eight Forty-Eight turned to Jon Hilkevitch, the Chicago Tribune transportation reporter.

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