Seems like every politician in the city has an eye on succeeding outgoing Mayor Richard Daley, who’s leaving the city coffers drained when he leaves office.
Curious, then, that none of these mayoral hopefuls has floated a budget like the one Inspector General Joseph Ferguson reportedly has drawn up and sent out to the Mayor and Alderman, according to a press release.
“It is no secret to Chicagoans that the City is already well into a prolonged period of fiscal difficulty,” said Inspector General Joseph Ferguson. “This report sets out today’s challenging budgetary environment and provides residents and policymakers with possible options in order to start the discussion of how to return the City to a sustainable fiscal foundation.”
The city’s Inspector General has no authority over budget issues and typically doesn’t weigh in on such matters, but the release said he felt a necessity to release a report similar to what the congressional buget office releases in Washington D.C.
But Ferguson, a former U.S. Attorney, went ahead and proposed $244 million in budget cuts anyway, according to the Sun-Time' Michael Sneed.
"The IGO is charged by ordinance with promoting economy, efficiency, effectiveness and integrity in the operations of the City government. To help meet its mission, the IGO encourages City residents to send in budget reduction ideas for IGO consideration and analysis. These suggestions may be included in the IGO’s next Budget Options report."
Those cuts include, but aren’t limited to:
No word on what city officials think of the plan.
UPDATE: A spokesman for unofficial mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel has issued a statement on Ferguson's proposal: