WBEZ | 2012 City Budget http://www.wbez.org/tags/2012-city-budget Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Mayor Emanuel warns pension crisis could thrash city budget http://www.wbez.org/news/mayor-emanuel-warns-pension-crisis-could-thrash-city-budget-103923 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/RS6689_Mayor Emanuel Presser (3)-scr.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Following Governor Pat Quinn&rsquo;s launch of a new online campaign about pension reform, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel echoed Quinn&rsquo;s urgent calls for action.</p><p>On Sunday the governor launched a <a href="http://thisismyillinois.com/">website</a> that attempts to explains pension reform to kids and their families. The initiative, which features a snake called &ldquo;Squeezy the Python&rdquo; squeezing the state&rsquo;s budget, was immediately mocked as <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-11-18/news/ct-met-governor-quinn-pension-reform-20121119_1_pension-reform-pension-overhaul-pension-crisis’">&ldquo;juvenile&rdquo; and &ldquo;corny.&rdquo;</a></p><p>In an unrelated press conference Monday, Mayor Emanuel didn&rsquo;t comment on the cartoon snake, but he agreed with Quinn that the issue is in need of urgent discussion and action.</p><p>&ldquo;Whether it&rsquo;s on a website or whatever, you have to engage the public in a serious discussion about the choices involved,&rdquo; said Mayor Emanuel. &ldquo;If we do nothing at all, you have to raise property taxes by 150 percent, and I will not do that.&rdquo;</p><p>The Mayor said that after passing a balanced city budget last week, the next steps need to come from Springfield &ndash; or the city will face major budget problems down the road.<br /><br />&ldquo;You&rsquo;ll have to make a set of choices about policing, investments in parts of the city whether that&rsquo;s in garbage collection, recycling, tree-trimming, rodent control, graffiti removal, that are unsustainable for a great city,&rdquo; he warned.</p><p>The Mayor&rsquo;s own <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/press_room/press_releases/2012/may_2012/mayor_emanuel_announcesroadmaptoretirementsecurity.html">proposed reforms</a> would increase city employee contributions to the pension fund and raise retirement ages by five years. They would also suspend cost of living increases. Legislators in Springfield are considering similar measures, but lawmakers have dragged their feet on actually passing legislation.</p><p>Mayor Emanuel said he was hopeful that the reforms can come to a vote this January.</p><p>&ldquo;I do believe we&rsquo;re going to work on pensions in the lame duck session, and get it done,&rdquo; he said.</p></p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/mayor-emanuel-warns-pension-crisis-could-thrash-city-budget-103923 Emanuel's budget receives unanimous support http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-17/emanuels-budget-receives-unanimous-support-94134 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-17/Rahm Inauguration - wbez Bill Healey.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>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. <a href="http://ward32.org/" target="_blank">Ald. Scott Waguespack</a> hoped to avoid cuts to libraries and mental health services. However, the approved budget has about 180 fewer library employees and a dozen mental health clinics will be consolidated to six. To unpack the approved budget, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to Ald. Waguespack and city budget director Alexandra Holt.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Budos Band, "His Girl", from the album II (Daptone)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-17/emanuels-budget-receives-unanimous-support-94134 City looks for alternative ways to generate revenue http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-15/city-looks-alternative-ways-generate-revenue-94061 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-15/221010.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>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. Touted as a safety measure, the cameras could also make the city some dough-–up to $100 dollars per ticket!</p><p>Recently, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/ads-city-bridge-houses-and-where-else-93957">WBEZ reported</a> that city infrastructure could soon earn its keep by sporting advertisements. Are these measures a necessary evil in a time of shrinking revenue and widening budget gaps? Or is the city selling something a little more intangible? To learn more, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to <a href="http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/faculty/web-pages/christopher-berry.asp" target="_blank">Christopher Berry</a>, from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, about Chicago's new revenue generators.</p><p><em>Music Button: Insect Surfers, "Mr. Yunioshi", from the album, Shots In The Dark, (Donna/Del Fi)</em></p></p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 15:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-15/city-looks-alternative-ways-generate-revenue-94061 Budget negotiations continue at City Hall http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-09/budget-negotiations-continue-city-hall-93882 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-09/Ald. Ed Burke AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All week <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> looked at some of the proposals in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/obm/supp_info/2012%20Budget/2012BudgetOverview.pdf" target="_blank">2012 budget,</a> such as its potential impact on libraries and the city’s water system. Next week, the <a href="http://www.chicityclerk.com/about_city_council.php" target="_blank">City Council</a> will vote on the budget. Emanuel already amended some items after pushback from aldermen and the public. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/author/dan-mihalopoulos/" target="_blank">Dan Mihalopoulos</a>, the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative’s</a> City Hall bureau chief, to see how budget talks were progressing overall.</p><p><em>Music Button: Kirk Fletcher, "Natural Anthem", from the album My Turn, (Eclecto Groove)</em></p></p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 14:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-09/budget-negotiations-continue-city-hall-93882