Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will order a 90-day hiring freeze for non-essential personnel when he unveils his 2014 budget later this month.
Emanuel said Wednesday that in addition to the hiring freeze, and as in prior budgets, he will be looking into the elimination of non-essential employees. The mayor said the priorities shown in his two previous budgets can serve as a guide to what he will be doing in the budget that will be released Oct. 23.
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It has been estimated Chicago faces a $338.7 million shortfall in next year's budget.
Other than a hiring freeze and a cut in personnel, Emanuel would not discuss whether he will turn to increasing taxes and fees in order to reduce the budget deficit.