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Committee on Budget and Government Operations

Despite concerns, aldermen advance CDOT’s planned ‘People Plaza’ expansion

Aldermen raised concerns about the Chicago Department of Transportation’s “People Plaza” plans during a Tuesday meeting of the City Council Budget Committee before unanimously approving expansion of the initiative. The program is designed to promote cultural activities and improve quality-of-life in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Obama library land transfer OK'd by City Council committee

Emanuel ally: Property tax hike likely in second term

Aldermen advance Emanuel's plan to speed animal adoptions

City increasing salt supplies in preparation for winter

Charles Williams, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, assured members of the City Council Budget Committee on Tuesday that his department will be ready to handle whatever weather the city faces this winter.

Department of Buildings commissioner aims to crack down on illegal conversions

Chicago Department of Buildings Commissioner Felicia Davis during a Monday City Council Budget Committee hearing said her department needs additional “tools” to crack down on owners of residential homes illegally converted to contain more units than the city code permits.

Aldermen ridicule their inspector general for suing them

City clerk wants to crack down on vehicle sticker scofflaws

During a Tuesday City Council Budget Committee hearing, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza sought “strong tools” for pursuing the 150,000 Chicago motorists who do not register their vehicles with the city.

Council committee approves agreement for city IG to handle Public Building Commission investigations

Members of the City Council Budget and Government Operations Committee advanced a measure that would give Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson oversight of the Public Building Commission – the city sister agency that manages public development projects. The measure also opens the door for the city’s IG to investigate other sister agencies.

Some council members want venerable aldermanic ‘menu’ program changed

Aldermen mulled over but delayed action Tuesday on two major adjustments to a city budget process not accustomed to change.

The City Council Budget and Government Operations Committee tabled a resolution examining the aldermanic menu program for infrastructure repairs. Also Tuesday, the newly-formed Council Office of Financial Analysis Oversight Committee – which falls under the purview of Alderman Carrie Austin (34th), chair of the Budget Committee – formalized its process for selecting a Financial Analysis Office leader.