Mayor Rahm Emanuel spent more than $10 million for the city to clean up from a blizzard on Super Bowl Sunday in a move that could have hurt his bid for a second term.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports the $10.2 million for the Feb. 1 storm brings the city's total spending on snow removal to $29 million this winter.
The storm dumped more than 19 inches of snow on Chicago just weeks before the Feb. 24 mayoral election. When residents complained about side streets, alleys and sidewalks still buried in snow, Emanuel leased 220 pieces of heavy equipment to help with the clean-up.
In comparison, the city spent $33 million last winter there were 30 more inches of snow on the ground.
Emanuel has kept up with the incessant street cleaning now that the snow is gone, just a few weeks before the runoff election. On Saturday, City Hall sources told NBC Chicago that dozens of workers were given overtime -- and paid time and a half -- to use shovels, rakes and brooms to clean city streets.
In a statement, the mayor's office said the city budgets responsibly for snow removal to ensure roads are passable and residents are safe.