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If Rahm's Serious, Cuts Are Good Thing

May 17, 2011 J

By: R.J. Moeller

If Mayor Rahm Emanuel is serious about cutting the city of Chicago’s budget, then this is a positive development. A step in the Right direction, you might say.

On his first full day in office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is already tackling the top items on his agenda – including big budget cuts.

Later this morning, he will also announce a plan to cut $75 million from the city budget. The specific source of the cuts has not been revealed.

As to the planned $75 million budget cut, Chicago Transit Authority employee Kenneth Sampson said: “It depends on where he cuts it too, because, you know, there’s a lot of fat; there is a lot to be cut, so I don’t see it as being a problem if he does it in the right way.”

Precisely, Kenneth. The devil is always in the details.

I’ll have more thoughts on this story when we get those details, but for now all I will say is this: any talk of cutting budgets in Illinois is a good thing.

An even better thing? Actually cutting budgets in Illinois.

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