While the sound of leaves crunching underneath may soon fill the air, one of September’s big activities has been number crunching. Chicago’s Inspector General issued a report suggesting ways the City could boost revenues and trim the fat, and Mayor Emanuel’s budget is expected in a couple of weeks.
In an effort dig Chicago out of its massive budget deficit, the city’s Inspector General, Joseph Ferguson, released a series of suggestions. Some ideas aimed to cut costs, others would raise revenues; they could be called everything from thought provoking to politically impossible.
"Chicago style" or the "Chicago way" of doings things can be a funny thing--cultural quirks--like the unwritten rule that hot dogs be dressed with celery salt, not ketchup. But the city also earned a reputation for shady politics and back-room deals.
Updated at 4:10 PM on 1/4/11The Chicago Board of Education was spending lavishly on such items as liquor and flowers, even as the school district was bracing for a budget crisis.Chicago Public Schools’ Inspector General James Sullivan lists hundreds of thousands of