City Council members are coming out in support of a Chicago casino, but Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is questioning their position.Aldermen approved a resolution at the city council meeting Thursday that calls for revenue from the possible casino to fund infrastructure projects.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he wants to reform the city's tax increment financing program. The mayor called for transparency and accountability in the program, and for TIF dollars to only be spent as part of a larger, long-term economic plan.
Chicago's mayor on Monday will sit through the first of two public meetings on the city's budget. Rahm Emanuel must find a way to close a deficit estimated to top $600 million.The meetings - Monday evening in the Englewood neighborhood and Wednesday evening in West Town - are not a new idea.