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City Budget Winners and Losers: See Dept. Funding Changes Under Rahm

By Tanveer Ali | October 18, 2017 12:23pm

CHICAGO — Every year, the mayor of Chicago releases the plan for the city government's budget, focusing on how to pay for things and what to pay for.

On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel released the budget plan for the coming year — the seventh time he's done so — on how the city will spend on employees, equipment and other obligations across 35 city agencies and departments.

Departments receiving more money this year compared with last include the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which replaced the Independent Police Review Authority to investigate police matters. Their budget went up nearly 32 percent this year compared with last to $13.3 million.

The Board of Election Commissioners' budget went up 34.2 percent this year to $15.6 million. That increase will pay for initiatives like new equipment, universal vote centers and automatic voter registration.

The Chicago Police Department, by far the largest city department, would see a 3.9 percent increase in its budget. The $1.55 billion Police Department budget for next year would fund new hires and strategic centers.

The city's department of transportation's budget would be down 17 percent compared with its $554.3 million budget last year.

The graph below shows how the budget has changed over Emanuel's tenure as mayor.

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