WBEZ | 2013 Budget http://www.wbez.org/tags/2013-budget Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en CTA riders react to price hike http://www.wbez.org/news/cta-riders-react-price-hike-103951 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS6700_027-scr.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Transit Authority <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/ctas-2013-budget-proposal-calls-increased-fares-discount-passes-freezes-normal-fares-103942">released its proposed 2013 budget Tuesday</a> after reaching a contract deal Monday with a key labor union.</p><p>In the new budget proposal, the ride fare of $2.00 for the bus and $2.25 for the train remain the same, but discounted unlimited ride passes all see a price hike. A 30-day pass will jump from $86 to $100; seven-day and 3-day passes will go up by $5 and $6, respectively. Fare prices for high school students will go down by 10 cents under the new plan.</p><p>&ldquo;We would not have asked our customers to accept smaller discounts but for management and labor both doing their part,&rdquo; said CTA President Forrest Claypool.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.transitchicago.com/assets/1/finance_budget/2013_Budget_Book_Final_20121120.pdf">proposed budget</a> includes $50 million in savings through labor cost cuts, and a $56 million increase in revenue based on the new prices.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F68221659&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s ridiculous,&rdquo; said Mondeesa Jones of Chatham. She said her mother uses the 30-day pass. &ldquo;What are we getting for the fourteen dollars. To know what time the train is coming?&rdquo;</p><p>Another rider, Norman Jessup of Rogers Park, said he commutes three hours every day to a minimum wage job.</p><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s a lot,&rdquo; he said of the increase. &ldquo;A lot of people have no choice but to ride the bus.&rdquo;</p><p>But Lindsay Cochran of Uptown said a couple more dollars a week is not a big deal to her.</p><p>&ldquo;It kinda stinks,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;But it&rsquo;s quite reasonable compared to other transit systems.&rdquo; She used to live in Atlanta, and described the transit system there as both &ldquo;terrible&rdquo; and &ldquo;more expensive.&rdquo;</p><p>Nobody we talked to on the street said they&rsquo;d change their transit habits after the price hike.</p><p>&ldquo;Gotta pay it, gotta ride it,&rdquo; said Allen Smith, summing of the views of many who depend on the discount passes.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.transitchicago.com/default.aspx">CTA</a> will hold <a href="http://www.transitchicago.com/news/default.aspx?Month=&amp;Year=&amp;Category=2&amp;ArticleId=3119">hearings Dec. 10 and 17</a> to hear comments from the public on the proposed budget.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/cta-riders-react-price-hike-103951 'Afternoon Shift' #193: Budget over sight http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-20/afternoon-shift-193-budget-over-sight-103936 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Goose Island.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-193-budget-over-sight.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-193-budget-over-sight" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #193: Budget over sight" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Afternoon Shift' #193: Budget over sight</h1><h2>City Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of Mayor Emanuel's budget proposals last week. Does the mayor wield a rubber stamp or do aldermen provide significant input? Plus, we look at Notre Dame's new place atop the BCS rankings. And Goose Island's John Hall. </h2><p>Storified by &middot; Mon, Nov 19 2012 14:15:45</p><div>Shake it off coach we need you out here. #chicagobears #coach #dabears #ditka #toughguyMichael MveL™ Velasquez</div><div>The Legend of 'Iron' Mike Ditka by WBEZRick Kogan enumerates the ways that Da Coach has impacted Chicago.</div><div>Former Chicago Bears head coach, "Da Coach," Mike Ditka suffered a minor stroke Friday. But the beloved Chicago icon is already back in action. Rick and WBEZ sports contributor Chery Raye-Stout talk about Iron-Mike's legacy ahead of the Bears Monday-night match-up against the 49ers.<br></div><div>Covering Ditka: veteran sports reporter Cheryl Raye Stout by WBEZFormer Chicago Bears head coach, &quot;Da Coach,&quot; Mike Ditka suffered a minor stroke Friday. 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But in Chicago, where homicid...</div><div>Chicago man, 56, charged in stabbing at North Michigan Avenue hotel http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-1-injured-in-attack-outside-north-michigan-avenue-hotel-20121117,0,4467911.storyChicagoBreaking</div><div>Monday's Break Room track comes from the band Local Natives with the song "Breakers," from their upcoming album Hummingbird. <br></div><div>Local Natives - Breakerslocalnativesband</div><div>We talk to the head of Goose Island Beer Company, John Hall, about the explosion ofmicro brews in Chicago and where the company has gone since being sold toAnheuser Busch.&nbsp; </div><div>Goose Island founder John Hall retires by WBEZWe talk to the head of Goose Island Beer Company, John Hall, about the explosion of micro brews in Chicago and where the company has gone...</div><div>My new favorite beer.. #ipa #craftbeer #gooseislandFrank Chase</div></noscript></p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 13:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-20/afternoon-shift-193-budget-over-sight-103936 Illinois budget depends on Medicaid, pensions http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-budget-depends-medicaid-pensions-96461 <p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's budget chief says drastic changes need to be made on how the state funds Medicaid and pensions. David Vaught testified Wednesday at a Senate Approporiations Committee hearing. He said Illinois lawmakers must put more money toward the state's pension and medicaid systems in the 2013 budget.</p><p>The state is facing more than $8 billion in unpaid bills and pension costs on top of a $500 million deficit.</p><p>"We clearly are going to have to change things on the liability side, and those are still unclear," said Vaught.</p><p>The governor's budget office and the non-partisan Civic Federation said without reforming the two systems, the state's backlog of unpaid bills could reach $35 billion dollars by 2017. The state comptroller's office agrees with that projection.</p><p>Quinn has said making changes to the Medicaid and the pension system will be a top priority this year.</p></p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 00:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-budget-depends-medicaid-pensions-96461 Lipinski unsure of Obama budget's chance in House http://www.wbez.org/story/lipinski-unsure-obama-budgets-chance-house-96363 <p><p>U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., said he doesn't expect the president's 2013 budget to be voted on by Congress.</p><p>President Barack Obama presented his budget Monday, proposing to cut the national deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade in part by ending the George W. Bush-era tax cuts and cutting hundreds of billions in defense spending.</p><p>Lipinski said Monday he has not looked closely at Obama's plan, but he expects House Republicans to produce a very different budget proposal.</p><p>"The president's budget is just the first draw in the whole budget battle that occurs every year, and we'll see where we go from here," said Lipinski.</p><p>U.S. Rep Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and Rep. Don Manzullo, R-Ill., have come out against the president's proposal. In emailed statements, both congressmen said the budget doesn't cut the nation's trillion dollar deficit enough.</p></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 22:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/lipinski-unsure-obama-budgets-chance-house-96363