Mayor tinkers with garbage pickup schedule

By John Byrne – Chicago Tribune
As he prepares to levy a suburban-style garbage pickup fee on Chicago residents, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is announcing changes in the way the city collects trash.
Emanuel’s office said the adjustments to the garbage grid will result in efficiencies that will cut the cost of trash pickup by $7 million in 2016.
That reduction will not shrink the city’s yawning deficit — which Emanuel plans to help close with a property tax increase of between $450 million and $550 million — because the Department of Streets and Sanitation “will redirect the savings into other city services,” according to the mayor’s office. read more…..