Here’s a recap of our live coverage of this morning’s Evanston City Council Budget Workshop.

Update 1/11/10: Here are some video excerpts from the hearing, produced by the Daily Northwestern.

Aldermen, residents discuss city budget from Daily Northwestern on Vimeo.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Budget
    Please cut the pension costs by amending the plan for new hires or amending the plan for all employees. Don’t just past on the cost to taxpayers and be guilty of not fixing the problem long term.

  2. “Woman (who’s name I didn’t
    "Woman (who's name I didn't catch) argues that cutting funding for ECMC could reduce cable franchise fee revenue because program producers may be subscribing only to watch their own shows."


  3. Share the Municipal Channel with the Public?
    Come on, Alderman Rainey!

    Why can’t the school districts share a channel? Because they are different corporations and someone would need to manage the parity.

    Can we sell the Municipal channel back to Comcast? They won’t buy it back! They’ll gladly take it back at the end of the franchise agreement. And, hey, isn’t that a one-time collection, or something not to balance the budget with?

    Can we share the Municipal Channel with the public? Grumble, grumble, something about Nazis? That’s just pathetic…

    1. Asking the questions
      It is not clear from your post why you have a problem with Alderman Rainey’s questions or what your problem with those questions is.

      For me, I am glad that she is asking the questions.

      How would you propose to close a $9 million budget gap? Would you ask questions or do you know everything about the City of Evanston’s finances and operations to make intelligent decisions?

      I am no fan of ECMC. Except for government programming, I shake my head at virtually everything provided by ECMC and ask: why is the City paying for this?

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