Even with the benefit of nearly $1.9 billion in federal aid from the American Rescue Plan, the city's 2021 budget season kicked off one month early as Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled a $733 million structural deficit. She rolled out her $16.7 billion 2022 spending plan in September to close the gap, plus a longer-range "Chicago Recovery Plan" to spend the federal funds. Following two weeks of all-day hearings and another two weeks of furious behind-the-scenes negotiations, the various budget ordinances made it through City Council committees with wide support, teeing them up for a final vote of approval on Oct. 27.
Read The Daily Line's full coverage of budget season below. And for a cheat sheet on the budget of every single city department, see the newest addition to the CloutFiles.
Mendoza talked to The Daily Line’s Alex Nitkin about her office’s progress shrinking the state’s bill backlog, debt the state still owes to the federal government and a bill she’s backing that could help shore up the state’s rainy day fund.