Mayor Lori Lightfoot presents her proposed 2022 city budget to the Chicago City Council on Sept. 20, 2021. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times
Chicago is the beating heart of Illinois and, like every other city in Illinois, held captive by state-level mandates on public pensions. They are driving services down and taxes up. It’s budget season again in Chicago. With an influx of federal aid to the tune of $3.5 billion, taxpayers should rest easy — right?
Not so much.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget...
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