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Committee on Budget and Government Operations

Aldermen express frustration, concern about homeless population

Aldermen registered complaints on Friday about homeless issues in their wards, and also questioned officials’ count of the city’s homeless population. The comments came on the City Council Budget Committee’s fifth day of hearings, as aldermen review Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 2014 budget.

Ferguson claims flaws with Legislative Inspector General Office in City Council budget hearing

City of Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson said on Wednesday that the Legislative Inspector General’s Office, charged with investigating the City Council, is often in “no-man’s land in respect to what it does.”

City ups appropriation for demolition of troubled buildings, approves IG Ferguson’s reappointment

The City Council Committee on Budget and Government Operations on Tuesday approved an increase of almost $1.7 million to the city’s Community Development Block Grant funds that will be used to finance the demolition of troubled buildings and a city-operated Rehabilitation Loan and Grant Program.

Federal money clears path for new Bloomingdale Trail

The City Council Committee on Budget and Government Operations passed an ordinance on Tuesday that lets the City of Chicago spend $12.3 million in newly-received outside money, including a $10.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the redevelopment of the Bloomingdale Trail.

Budget Committee chairman dead-set against cutting City Council in half

Council members hope to bring TIF cash to CPS despite Emanuel opposition

Members of the Chicago City Council Progressive Reform Caucus will move forward with an ordinance to direct surplus Tax Increment Finance money to Chicago Public Schools despite the stated opposition of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Budget committee approves additional funds for summer employment, reappointment of chief procurement officer

The Chicago City Council Committee on Budget and Government Operations signed off Tuesday on adding $871,000 to the city’s summer youth employment program. Under the funding transfer, the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services will send the funds to Chicago Public Schools for summer job programs for the district’s students.

Also at the budget meeting on Tuesday:

City wants nearby residents hired for construction projects

An ordinance requiring city contractors to hire “project area” residents for construction projects was passed by the  City Council budget committee today, but ambiguity exists regarding how exactly “area resident” will be defined under the measure.