Alderman To Consider Borrowing Plan For Pension Funds

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In 2014, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed to raise property taxes while increasing the amount of money city workers contribute to their retirement as a way to cut about half of the city's pension debt. M. Spencer Green / Associated Press
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In 2014, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed to raise property taxes while increasing the amount of money city workers contribute to their retirement as a way to cut about half of the city's pension debt. M. Spencer Green / Associated Press

Alderman To Consider Borrowing Plan For Pension Funds

Chicago aldermen on Thursday will meet with the city’s top financial team who say they have a potentially risky borrowing plan to help fund pensions.

The city has tens of billions of dollars in pension liability, which means taxpayers will likely pay more — but how much more? What are the risks?

WBEZ politics reporter Becky Vevea joins the Morning Shift to break down the borrowing plan.

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