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Emanuel to Host Budget Hearings



    Emanuel to Host Budget Hearings

    Continuing on a theme, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he wants to hear your ideas on how to trim Chicago's $635 million budget deficit.

    "My administration is committed to fostering a free and open discussion about our financial situation with the goal of working together to address our fiscal challenges for 2012 and beyond," he said in a news release.

    The mayor will hold two public hearings next week where he'll invite residents to speak out about the city's dire financial picture and offer solutions on how to solve it.

    Earlier this summer, Emanuel held a virtual town hall meeting to talk to Chicago residents about education, crime and other issues.  But he seems intent on letting Chicagoans offer their ideas on the budget, even taking suggestions online at www.chicagobudget.org.

    The first meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, August 29, at Kennedy-King College, 740 W. 63rd St. The second will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd.

    The mayor is expected to deliver his 2012 budget in October.