Emanuel To Unveil His Last City Budget

Craig Dellimore
October 17, 2018 - 6:00 am
Chicago City Hall

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Emanuel delivers his last budget address to the Chicago City Council Wednesday morning.

The proposed spending plan reportedly holds the line on taxes, fines and most fees. The mayor already has said there will be an expansion in the city’s mentoring programs for young people; also, funding for police and their training will increase.

There are reports the mayor won’t propose the $10 billion pension bond issue his finance team has been considering. But, publicly in recent weeks, he was keeping the door open. 

Even frequent critics like Ald. Ricardo Muñoz, 22nd Ward, predict a feel-good spending plan from Emanuel.

“What I expect is a budget that will have very little pain in it,” he said.

It’s too early to say who Chicago’s next mayor will be, but it’s also clear there will still be a lot of work for him—or her—to do.