How to Cut the City’s Budget Deficit, Any Ideas?

Chicago residents gave an earful to Mayor Rahm Emanuel yesterday at a public hearing held at Kennedy-King College.

The public hearing is one of two held this week in efforts to get residents’ input on how to cut down the city’s approximate $635 million budget deficit.

Although hearing facilitators tried to maintain some control over the meeting, frustrated former city traffic aids who were laid off over the summer, had a chance to shout their frustrations to the mayor as they mentioned their financial struggles.

Mental health advocates also protested outside Kennedy-King, upset at the mayor’s plans to privatize some health care services that would make it harder for minorities to access adequate mental health assistance.

The second forum will be held on Wednesday, August 31 at Malcolm X College from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The final budget will be presented sometime in October.

To submit your ideas online regarding how the budget should be spent go to