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by Micah Maidenberg
12:27pm
Fri Oct 15, 2010

Number Of The Day: 1 For 8

That's the ratio of managers in the City of Chicago's bureaucracy to frontline workers, according to 42nd Ward Ald. Brendan Reilly. In the private sector, Reilly said, the ratio is one manager for every 14 workers. Watch him explain the implications of closing that gap on the city's budget on WTTW's Chicago Tonight:

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by Micah Maidenberg
9:30am
Fri Oct 15, 2010

Dining Sets, Punts, And Band-Aids: Reactions To Daley's Last Budget

Here are few reactions from City Hall and beyond to outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's final budget proposal, wrapped up from around the web:

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by Adam Doster
12:27pm
Wed Oct 13, 2010

The Tax Hike Straw Man

Recessions are not ideal times to raise taxes. It's tough to boost consumer demand if you're taking money out of people's paychecks. That's why Democrats in Washington are pushing a proposal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts on everyone that makes under $250,000 annually.

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by Micah Maidenberg
3:14pm
Tue Oct 12, 2010

Fixing Daley's Broken Budget Process (VIDEO)

Tomorrow, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley will give the final budget address of his long career, detailing precisely how he proposes closing a gaping $655 million shortfall in the city's main fund. With Daley on the way out, are aldermen ready to contribute more to drafting the city's annual spending plan?

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by Micah Maidenberg
4:01pm
Fri Oct 8, 2010

Does Brady Love Indiana's Tax Rates, Too?

During the first gubernatorial debate, GOP nominee Bill Brady became the latest member of Illinois' Grand Old Party to lay out some fulsome praise for Indiana state government, a trend we've already noted. Here's Brady assuring debate-watchers that if he was elected governor, his administration would "learn" from Indiana:

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by Adam Doster
1:02pm
Fri Oct 8, 2010

What About The Other $500 Million, Mr. Mayor?

That the Daley administration is even considering plugging a portion of Chicago's budget hole using tax increment financing (TIF) money is a watershed moment in city politics.

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