The [Thursday] Papers
"Mayor Rahm Emanuel [Wednesday] unveiled a new budget that he says doesn't include new tax, fine or fee increases but contains a warning about the financial havoc the city's looming government worker pension problem could wreak," the Tribune reports.
"Much of the mayor's speech is a listing of what he views as the greatest hits from his first budget last year: more efficient garbage collection, a wellness program for city workers and cracking down on those who owed money to City Hall.
Last year, Emanuel raised water and sewer rates, vehicle sticker fees and a host of fines to help balance a budget that was far more out of whack than this one. Today, Emanuel made a promise about asking city taxpayers for more money in this spending plan.
So amusement in the city should increase marginally.
There's never an egg-timer around when you need one.
Rahm is also holding the line on taxing denial, which Todd Stroger quickly took advantage of.
The self-interest tax will also remain at Chicago's historically low rate.
That makes sense, considering CPS only has 200,000 textbooks.
That amusing punchline taxed at the same low rates as last year's textbook jokes!
Huh. I thought they were doing just fine in that department, but I'm easily amused.
United We Stand
Flights to become even less amusing.
Other pop-up shops we'd like to see:
* A popsicle pop-up shop.
Local Music Notebook
Reporting Dark Money
Cutler, Kipling & Kielbasa
To our new readers looking for QT - which resumes tomorrow - it gets better.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Popped up.
Posted on October 11, 2012
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