Freshmen aldermen respond to Mayor Emanuel’s budget

Freshmen aldermen respond to Mayor Emanuel’s budget
Freshmen aldermen respond to Mayor Emanuel’s budget

Freshmen aldermen respond to Mayor Emanuel’s budget

The fate of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 2016 budget is now in the hands of Chicago’s aldermen. Yesterday the mayor laid out his full plan for righting the city’s fiscal ship when he presented his budget to City Council. You’ve heard the details by now: a huge property tax hike of nearly 600 million dollars, most of it to cover fire and police pensions, monthly garbage collection fee of almost $10 per household, along with other fees and taxes. The mayor needs at least 26 votes to get his plan passed and leading up to his address yesterday he was courting members of the Council’s progressive caucus. We’re joined by three freshman alderman, two of them in that caucus: Carlos Ramirez-Rosa represents the 35th Ward, which includes parts of Logan Square, Hermosa, and Avondale; Milly Santiago is from the 31st Ward, which includes parts of Logan Square, Hermosa and Belmont Cragin; and Sue Garza is from the 10th Ward, which represents parts of South Chicago, East Side, Calumet Heights and Hegewisch.