Emanuel announces $83 million in savings achieved
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday announced that the city surpassed a goal he set for saving money.
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Chicago's mayor has announced that the city surpassed a goal he set for saving money.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement Monday saying the city has save more than $83 million through cost-cutting efforts begun in May. Those cuts include reductions in senior staff expenses, merging government functions and freezing nonessential contracts.
Emanuel had expected the savings to total $75 million. That goal was exceeded with few layoffs. Nearly 50 downtown traffic control aides lost jobs, but many were able to reapply for other posts in the city.
Some departments have merged. The city has hired more attorneys allowing the city to take back some cases from outside lawyers and to stop outsourcing certain types of cases.
The city also saved $600,000 by eliminating cars for senior management.
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