Chicago mayor tries to build support for harsh cuts at budget forums

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the media after a campaign stop on election day in ChicagoBy Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will hold a rare public forum on Monday as he tries to build support for likely tax hikes and harsh cuts in public services to stem the city’s growing financial crisis. The city’s first-ever garbage collection fees, less-frequent recycling pick-ups, higher property taxes, fees related to e-cigarettes and other items are all being discussed as partial remedies to try to plug an estimated shortfall in next year’s budget that could hit $750 million. Emanuel, along with his budget director and chief financial officer, will take suggestions from the public at the evening town hall meeting, followed by two more such forums on Wednesday and Thursday.

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