Muckraking: Chicago Reader uncovers Daley's secret budget

Mayor Richard M. Daley is operating a publicly funded city budget that's entirely off the books, according to a Chicago Reader investigation.

The shadow budget includes a rehab of Willis Tower, subsidies for privately run hospitals and Fortune 500 corporations, and neighborhood projects not included in the official city budget.

Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky uncovered the story. "We recently came into possession of hard evidence of what we've long argued: that the city produces two annual budgets, one released to the public, covered by the media, and debated by the City Council, and the other forged behind closed doors by the Daley administration, shared only in pieces with certain aldermen, and never fully disclosed to citizens. Both budgets are funded by taxpayers," Dumke and Joravsky reported.

In other muckraking news:

The Chicago Tribune has released another installment of its series about Illinois nursing home care. The article, written by Sam Roe, states that half of the top-rated nursing homes in Illinois have been cited at least once since 2001 for misusing psychotropic drugs, and some violations involved injuries and deaths.

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  • That story was not covered by the local news on TV.

  • In reply to roy519:

    Thanks, Roy, for your comment. I also did not see this on local news or TV.

    Jeff

  • In reply to roy519:

    Thanks, Jose, for your comment. I agree with you about the importance of adding new jobs to the city.

    Thanks again for taking the time to comment on the article. I look forward to continuing the conversation.

    Jeff

  • I really hope Daley get karma in everything that he is done to the city. In addition, he must realize that he sometimes is not doing the best decision he can possibly do. Although he seems to be doing a great job with the city, Daley must recover the money that was lost during the olympics. In my opinion, Mayor Daley must really add more jobs to the city instead of creating secreats budjets that seem to only benifit the people are up their.

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