Department of Transportation

Change Highlights and Context

  • CDOT saw the largest gross and proportional budget increase of any department. The increase was driven by massive increases in appropriations from a number of infrastructure-related grants, primarily from federal and state sources. Grants that saw new or increased appropriations are listed below:
  • Most of the increase in CDOT’s budget comes from the Construction of Buildings and Structures appropriation account. Other increases were relatively small in comparison, with salary, IT, and equipment expenses making up the other million-dollar-plus increases in this year’s budget proposal.
  • CDOT saw relatively little staff increase, with approximately 20 new positions, including 3.1 full-time equivalents in hourly positions budgeted.
  • CDOT’s 2023 budget includes a FOIA Officer position, the first non-public-safety department to list one since the Dept. of Finance listed one in the 2020 budget.

Chicago Public Library

Change Highlights and Context

  • The library system’s budget remained relatively stable, with a slight budget increase primarily driven by increased salary costs.
  • The department added a net total of 12 full-time positions. New positions were primarily in telecommunications and data/computer roles.

Department of Law

Change Highlights and Context

  • The law department’s budget remained relatively stable, with a slight budget increase primarily driven by increased salary costs.
  • Overall staffing level in the 2023 budget remains the same as the previous year. A number of title changes are reflected in the Positions Changes chart below.

Geoffrey Cubbage

Geoffrey Cubbage is a policy and budget analyst focusing on the Illinois General Assembly and Chicago's City Council. Prior to joining the Better Government Association in 2022, Geoffrey served as Director...