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.
The City of Chicago has been looking for new ways to pay for services. Property taxes went up to provide schools with more money but fees and fines appeared to be the new tax hike. On Monday the state legislature signed off on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s call for speed cameras near schools and parks.
All week Eight Forty-Eight looked at some of the proposals in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2012 budget, such as its potential impact on libraries and the city’s water system. Next week, the City Council will vote on the budget.