October 23, 2019
This article covered Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's budget address, in which she presented her recommendation for the City's FY2020 budget. Civic Federation President Laurence Msall said that the proposal was a "strong effort" to close a more than $800 million gap. However, Mr. Msall also raised concerns that a number of the Mayor's proposed gap closing measures rely on authorization from the Illinois General Assembly and Governor in Springfield.
Associated Press: As teachers strike, Chicago mayor offers $838M deficit fix
POLITICO Illinois: Lightfoot's Budget Bonanza
Chicago Sun-Times Editorial: As teachers strike, the grim reality of Chicago’s finances sets in
Crain's Chicago Business: Will Springfield help Chicago meet its budget? Aldermen are wary.
Chicago Tribune: The Spin: About Mayor Lightfoot’s proposed property tax hike