In a recent report, Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson suggested that the city cut several programs and subsidies to make up for the city's billion dollar budget shortfall. Some service cuts could include free sewer service for senior citizens and subsidized water and sewer usage by certain nonprofit organizations. Other recommendations include cutting quarterly stipends for police supervisors, reducing deployment of downtown traffic aides, and reducing the number of firemen per truck.
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--Compiled by Louis McGill