* City property tax: Blame game kicks off as bills leap - Daley lashes out at assessor, whose aide faults General Assembly
Despite the attack, Daley didn’t make clear how the assessor could have acted legally to alter the trajectory of the latest round of bills. The mayor also did not mention that new bills to Chicago residents reflect a $65 million City Hall property tax increase passed two years ago but that’s only showing up now. Houlihan spokesman Eric Herman blamed big hikes largely on the General Assembly’s decision to phase out a program designed to soften the effect on taxes of soaring property values earlier this decade. “This idea somehow that we’re going around jacking up everybody’s assessments is just fiction,” Herman said.
* Chicago hiring abuse report recommends suspension for city environment chief
Inspector general says deputy commissioner should be fired for trying to mislead investigators
* City Council hearings on Mayor Daley’s budget start today
* Council may reject any large pay hikes for cops: aldermen
If an independent arbitrator awards double-digit pay hikes to Chicago Police officers, there’s a good chance the City Council will reject it, some aldermen said Tuesday.
During closed-door briefings on the status of police negotiations, aldermen vented their anger about the fact that public safety employees who account for 70 percent of city spending have been exempt from furlough days and other cost-cutting concessions.
Some aldermen also served notice that City Council ratification can no longer be taken for granted.
* South Side projects at risk
* Costco wants Kiddieland site
* Homeless students: Increasingly, families taking shelter anywhere they can
* Better options a must for displaced CPS kids
* Fenger student charged with concealing a homicide
* Illinois insurers agree to cover swine flu vaccine
* Arson, assault down in Illinois crime stats