Mayor Daley's last budget for Chicago made it out of the City Council's Budget Committee mostly as it went in, with all of the controversial items intact, including a reliance on one-time revenue boosts and dipping into reserves to cover the shortfall. The only major change the committee made was an amendment that restored $3.5 million in
annual funding to local neighborhood planning groups like the chambers of commerce.
Also in the news...
- Starting in January, the federal government is going to start charging interest on the $2.2 billion Illinois borrowed to fortify the state's unemployment insurance fund. That number may grow, as it is likely that more borrowing is going to be necessary before the end of the year.
- The Chicago Police Department expects 50 percent fewer police misconduct lawsuits to be filed this year due to a new policy to aggressively fight these lawsuits in court rather than settle.
- The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has moved to defrock 13 priests linked to sexual misconduct, implementing new rules that allow the church to permanently remove priests from the priesthood without their consent.
-Compiled by Louis McGill