As Chicago faces a budget gap approaching $260 million, one alderman suggests more ticketing to close the shortfall. | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


As Chicago faces a budget gap approaching $260 million, one alderman suggests more ticketing to close the shortfall.

Just one month after celebrating a city budget shortfall of “only” $114.2 million, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had to revise his numbers to more accurately convey the financial disaster facing the city. The official budget gap now stands at nearly $260 million.

One method floated to close that gap? “Super” ticket writers.

Alderman Raymond Lopez, 15th Ward, has suggested closing the gap by hiring more ticket writers to bring in more revenue. Of course, this would require the city spending more money, approximately $4.5 million upfront, to bring these ticket writers online.

These new ticket writers would be tasked with enforcing quality-of-life violations in each of the 50 wards. That means more revenue for the city from enforcing laws on everything from noise violations to not shoveling the sidewalk after a snowstorm.

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