WBEZ | city budget http://www.wbez.org/tags/city-budget Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Tax breaks for commercial theater, taxes for nonprofits http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-01/tax-breaks-commercial-theater-taxes-nonprofits-96853 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-01/4824269613_f215ff6e1e.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" height="333" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-01/4824269613_f215ff6e1e.jpg" title="(Flickr/vincent ☆)" width="500"></p><p>The tax break for Broadway-bound shows may well attract more such shows to Chicago, and that may well be a point of pride for the city. But I can't help thinking these are insufficient reasons to offer a tax break to successful commercial theater producers, especially at a time when the property tax break enjoyed by nonprofit theater producers is under threat from Springfield as well as from the County Assessor's office.</p><p>Relatively few theaters will be affected by either of these proposals, so they're not worth fulminating against--and if they were, I've already done it.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-02-28/new-illinois-will-theaters-lose-property-tax-exemption-83067">Precisely a year ago I held forth on the subject of nonprofit taxes</a>; two months ago it was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-27/it-better-give-receive-live-theater-tax-credit-95138">the Broadway-in-Chicago giveaway</a>. When we debate the subject on Friday on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>, Jonathan won't know what hit him.</p></p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 21:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-01/tax-breaks-commercial-theater-taxes-nonprofits-96853 Funding cuts threaten local homeless prevention programs http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-21/funding-cuts-threaten-local-homeless-prevention-programs-94228 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-21/2905921539_7d0a4d50a5_m.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Homeless prevention programs were feeling the funding squeeze at both the state and federal level. In 2009, programs had access to $11 million in state funds but the number steadily declined to reach the $1.5 million earmarked for this year. This week, several homeless prevention and advocacy organizations planned to release a survey which assessed the impact of these cuts on the local services they provide. According to a survey from the <a href="http://www.chicagohomeless.org/" target="_blank">Chicago Coalition for the Homeless</a>, over half of Illinois homeless prevention agencies will run out of funds by end of December.</p><p>Julie Dworkin, director of policy at the coalition, talked about the survey results. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was also joined by Carl Wolf, executive director of <a href="http://www.respondnow.org/" target="_blank">Respond Now</a> to talk more about next steps for his south suburban agency as they faced shrinking funds.</p><p><em>Music Button: Robert Miles, "Antimony", from the album Thirteen, (Salt)</em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-21/funding-cuts-threaten-local-homeless-prevention-programs-94228 Suburban mayors assess impact of city and county budgets for their residents http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-01/suburban-mayors-assess-costs-city-and-county-budgets-their-residents-936 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-01/6058497460_1ea0a0fb44_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The latest budgets from the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en.html">City of Chicago</a> and <a href="http://blog.cookcountygov.com/" target="_blank">Cook County</a> proposed challenging cuts along with new taxes and fees. Both put the squeeze on Chicago’s suburban neighbors in a number of ways.</p><p><a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/city/en/depts/mayor.html" target="_blank">Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s</a> city budget suggested a 3-year water rate increase to pay for Chicago’s aging infrastructure, which would hit suburbs that buy water from the city. Meanwhile <a href="http://www.cookcountygov.com/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_0_336_226_0_43/http%3B/www.cookcountygov.com/ccWeb.Leadership/LeadershipProfile.aspx?commiss_id=406" target="_blank">Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle</a> wanted residents of unincorporated areas to pay for county police services.</p><p>Edward Zabrocki, mayor of south suburban <a href="http://www.tinleypark.org/" target="_blank">Tinley Park</a>, and Gerald Turry, mayor of north suburban <a href="http://www.lincolnwoodil.org/" target="_blank">Lincolnwood</a>, joined<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em> to discuss the suburban reaction to the city and county budgets.</p></p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-01/suburban-mayors-assess-costs-city-and-county-budgets-their-residents-936 Emanuel makes budget changes to avoid laying off city workers - for now http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-makes-budget-changes-avoid-laying-city-workers-now-88628 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-01/By Bill Healy - 4-16-11 - Rahm Inauguration 0028.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Hundreds of city workers will avoid being laid off for the time being, as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday announced $20 million dollars in cost saving measures after a labor concession agreement was allowed to lapse.</p><p>Emanuel ordered a partial hiring freeze and said seven city-run health clinics will turn over primary care services to federally funded clinics. But the mayor added that he and labor unions still will have to agree to about $11 million in concessions in order to avoid 625 layoffs.</p><p>"I need them to be partners, " Emanuel said on Friday. "I am not interested in laying off the 625. It's a choice we have to make collectively. I don't like giving people pink slips."</p><p>Labor representatives are in the process of putting together their own cost-saving proposal, which they say should be ready in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, Emanuel said Friday he will not send out layoff notices until he has a chance to see the unions' suggestions.</p><p>"I'm not gonna send those out, because it would violate what I think is the spirit and environment and atmosphere I'm trying to construct where ... I want labor to be a partner," Emanuel said.</p><p>The sticky labor situation comes courtesy of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's administration, which relied on labor concessions to balance the full-year budget for 2011. But the temporary agreement Daley struck with the unions expired Thursday night, leaving Emanuel's team to come up with $31 million to fill out the second half of the year.</p><p>A spokesman for the Chicago Federation of Labor, a coaltion of unions representing city workers, didn't immediately return a phone call for comment after Emanuel's Friday morning press conference.</p><p>But in a statement sent earlier this week, the unions said the Emanuel administration has had "absolutely no negotiations" with unions about the expiration of the agreement, and a spokesman said they hadn't heard anything new as of early Friday morning.</p></p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 15:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-makes-budget-changes-avoid-laying-city-workers-now-88628 Potential payday for firefighters highlights city's long-term pension problem http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-09/potential-payday-firefighters-highlights-citys-long-term-pension-problem <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Chicago fire Getty Scott Olson.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>It looks like today might be a big payday for Chicago firefighters. Earlier this week the Finance Committee recommended ponying up nearly four years of back pay&mdash;some $94 million in total. Meanwhile as the city scrambles to find money for that bill, it faces an even greater financial IOU &mdash; municipal employee pension obligations.<br /><br />And the city is operating under a tight deadline. If funding of pension obligations doesn&rsquo;t increase by 2015, the city will have to raise property taxes, according to a new law signed by Governor Quinn.<br /><br />DePaul University Economics professor <a target="_blank" href="http://samson.comtech.depaul.edu/faculty/member/Thomas/Mondschean/S/">Thomas Mondschean</a> joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to break down the math.</p><p><em>Music Button: Capsula, &quot;Mindfulness Intention&quot;, from the CD Sense of a Drop, (Waveform) </em></p></p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 15:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-09/potential-payday-firefighters-highlights-citys-long-term-pension-problem