Emanuel: I’ve got votes to pass property tax hike

Chicago Sun-Times – BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday he has the 26 City Council votes he needs to pass a lower- the- boom budget that includes a $ 588 million property tax increase and a first- ever garbage collection fee— and he sloughed off suggestions that he may be losing his political cover.

On Friday, the mayor was asked how he plans to respond to the governor’s demand for help.

“As I’ve said before to the governor, I’m not going to agree to right- to- work. I fundamentally on principle don’t agree with it. So, I won’t support you,” the mayor said. read more….