Alderman Press Lightfoot: What If There's No Help From Springfield?

Craig Dellimore
October 28, 2019 - 5:28 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago City Council has begun an expected two weeks of budget hearings with one nagging question from some of the aldermen.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposed 2020 budget is balanced with the expectation that state lawmakers and Gov. Pritzker will approve a graduated real-estate transfer tax that would put a higher levy on higher-end property sales.

But 22nd Ward Ald. Michael Rodriguez wasn’t alone Monday in asking: What’s Plan B if Springfield doesn’t come through?

City Budget Director Susie Park essentially responded: We hope we don’t have to go there.

She said the Lightfoot Administration is confident that it can win approval for the funding. If it doesn't happen, the budget team will come back to aldermen with alternatives, Park said.

Forms of the question and answer were repeated several times during the day. Park and her team deftly side-stepped questions about specific possibilities.