Community Counseling Centers of Chicago - known as C4 - says it will have to close its doors at the end of May. C4 serves over 10,000 people a year. The City of Chicago closed half its mental health clinics in 2012, and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is proposing hefty mental health cuts in his new budget. Mental Health workers across the city say the diminishing community based services will likely mean more people in prison, nursing homes, and emergency rooms. We talk about the effects of these closures. Also, music from Chicago's Dolly Varden.
Chicago Transit Authority ridership went up to 530 million boardings last year, reaching its highest ridership level since 1991.Rail ridership grew by 5.2 percent compared to an increase of 1.4 percent in bus usage.
Some union leaders are speaking out against the Chicago Transit Authority's new budget.On Tuesday, the CTA Board approved the agency's $1.24 billion budget proposal. The new budget avoids fare hikes or service cuts, but only if the CTA can get work rule concessions from labor unions.