For the last two weeks, the Chicago City Council has been holding hearings so they can vet Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s more than $9 billion dollar budget for 2016.
It’s a part of the annual budgeting process: Leaders of city departments and agencies come in, and aldermen get to ask whatever they want.
They do ask about things you would expect, like the nearly $600 million property tax increase and the proposed monthly garbage collection fees.
But they also spend a lot of time on mundane and trivial issues.
And topics you might not ever expect.