The Chicago City Council started this morning four days of hearings
that will examine the proposed 2013 budget that Mayor Rahm Emanuel
released last week.
At a community meeting on the Northwest Side last night Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd) said that, “The annual budget is the most important aspect of public policy. It tells us who we are as a city.”
to the chagrin of Fioretti, Chicago is a city that mostly lets the
mayor write the budget. Unlike the U.S. Congress or Illinois General
Assembly, the 50-member city council essentially plays an advisory role.
public also played a small role under previous mayors through community
hearings, but Emanuel scrapped those this year. So a group of six
aldermen representing the council’s progressive caucus held a public
forum last night that attracted about 200 people. Read more »