Emanuel's budget receives unanimous support

November 17, 2011

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City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget 50-0 Wednesday.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget received unanimous support from the City Council Wednesday. After more than a month of vetting and tweaking, he got all 50 aldermen on board. With a $636 million deficit on the horizon, the council had to make some difficult decisions to right its course. Ald. Scott Waguespack hoped to avoid cuts to libraries and mental health services. However, the approved budget has about 180 fewer library employees and a dozen mental health clinics will be consolidated to six. To unpack the approved budget, Eight Forty-Eight spoke to Ald. Waguespack and city budget director Alexandra Holt.

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