With no major taxes or fees proposed, and lacking a threat of one of the city’s pension funds becoming insolvent, the first hearing on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s FY 2017 budget was fairly uneventful compared to past years. At Monday’s day long hearing, aldermen asked a grab bag of questions of City Budget Director Alex Holt, Comptroller Erin Keane, and Chief Financial Officer Carole Brown. Frequent topics included the new Community Catalyst Fund, two new pilot programs to ease car congestion downtown and at Wrigley Field, and the Chicago Police Department’s hiring plans.

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