Mayor Lightfoot Heads To Springfield To Discuss City's Priorities

Craig Dellimore
November 12, 2019 - 7:41 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected to be in Springfield, talking with lawmakers and others about the City of Chicago's priorities, as part of her effort to close a more than $800-million budget shortfall.

This is scheduled to be a day trip for Mayor Lightfoot, but the groundwork for it has been laid for weeks by her team.

Mayor Lightfoot repeatedly told reporters Monday that she feels good about the city's efforts to work out a better tax structure for a possible Chicago casino; and even republican state lawmakers said they might be able to support such a plan - depending upon the details.

But the big ticket item on the Mayor's wish list and the one that could have the quickest return is the proposal for a graduated real estate transfer tax - that would be a higher sales tax on expensive properties. Republican leaders are opposed to new taxes, though, and democrats who could support it said they won't because not enough of the revenue goes to fight homelessness. So that measure may be in trouble.