Eavesdrop> No Parks For You: Republican governor's funding cuts put Chicago projects at risk

Eavesdrop> No Parks For You: Republican governor's funding cuts put Chicago projects at risk

Bruce Rauner, left, and Rahm Emanuel, right. (Courtesy Bruce Rauner; Talk Radio News Service / Flickr; Courtesy 606; Montage by AN)

Illinois’ new Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is an old finance buddy of Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel. But the two are due for some awkward wine club outings and vacations to Montana judging by the rhetoric Rahm’s slinging towards Springfield.

Deep cuts from the austerity-minded, businessman-turned-politician in the governor’s mansion have left major Chicago developments in limbo, including The 606, an elevated park located on the Bloomingdale Trail, the renovation of the Uptown Theater, and continued improvements to the Chicago Transit Authority’s ‘El’ trains. The 606’s first phase is still on track to open this summer, but future phases are in trouble.


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