December 3, 2023

Spotlight Politics: As Chicago Elections Loom, City Budget Process Begins

In this week’s edition of Spotlight Politics:

Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled the city’s projected budget shortfall of $127.9 million and a property tax hike of 2.5%.

Meanwhile, a new challenger has announced their intentions as Ald. Sophia King jumps into the race. At the same time, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police has opted not to throw his hat into the ring.

As the mayoral race unfolds, violent attacks on the CTA have continued and CPD brass is promising to put more cops on the beat.

In state politics, GOP nominee for governor Darren Bailey tries to shift focus away from recent controversial comments. Nationally, a large number of Republicans have rallied around former President Donald Trump after his home was searched by the FBI.

Our politics team of Amanda Vinicky, Heather Cherone and Paris Schutz takes on those stories and more. 

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