The City Council debate over Chicago's next budget begins Wednesday when aldermen start their questioning of Emanuel Administration officials.It's the first of about a dozenCity Council hearings on Rahm Emanuel's first Chicago budget.
Right or wrong, there's a perception that Illinois politics is a game played best by a well-connected few. This next story won't improve that image.Some of the state's political insiders make big money by lobbying the politicians they help elect.
Heeeeeeey! It's better than tax time. It's tax idea time!! Tolls on Lake Shore? No. More income tax? Maybe. Suburban toll? Ludicrous. Hey, has anyone asked me and the tens of ten of readers of this blog? In the past, I've opened up the flood gates to come up with new tax ideas.
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley wanted to make Chicago the greenest city in America. He got a lot of credit for being environmentally friendly but the record turned out to be mixed: more green roofs but still no city-wide recycling.