Jumping Jacks Saved!
In an effort to prevent an onslaught of citizen complaints, Chicago aldermen today are floating a plan to save the "jumping jack" program that provides inflatable playgrounds for children at events across the city.
Mayor Richard Daley has proposed cutting the program to save as much as $800,000 in the 2009 budget. But Alds. Isaac Carothers (29th) and Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) have countered with a plan to pay for the program by doubling the annual application and daily permit fees for Maxwell Street Market vendors. Annual fees now range from $15 to $50, and daily fees from $15 to $40.
Ald. Joe Moore (49th) questioned whether the move might scare off some vendors. The issue will come up again at a Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday morning, less than an hour before the full City Council is set to consider Daley’s proposed $6 billion budget.
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