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Mayor Lori Lightfoot Says Chicago Has $838 Million Budget Deficit in Speech

The mayor confirmed the number in her state of the city address

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    Lightfoot Delivers Budget News in State of the City

    $838 million. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot revealed that number as the budget deficit facing the city, and NBC 5's Carol Marin breaks down what it all means. 

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019)

    Chicago is in a deep financial hole and the city's new mayor says it will take more than tax increases and borrowing to close it.

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot in her first state of the city address on Thursday said Chicago will have an $838 million budget deficit for the fiscal year that will begin Jan. 1. She said the administration of former Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not leave a credible plan to deal with the problem.

    Lori Lightfoot Delivers State of the City Address: Part 1Lori Lightfoot Delivers State of the City Address: Part 1

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019)

    Lightfoot declined to give specifics on how that deficit will be filled, which she says is down from the $1 billion deficit estimed when she took office in May. Lightfoot said the specifics of revenue-raising will come in a budget plan she'll unveil in October.

    Lightfoot says she has already decided against relying on a massive tax increase and increased borrowing. She said she will try not to raise revenue on the backs of those least able to pay and at the same time not drive businesses out of Chicago.

    The mayor pointed to pension costs as a major issue facing the city.

    Lori Lightfoot State of the City Part 2Lori Lightfoot State of the City Part 2

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019)

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