Greising: Survey Says ... Lightfoot’s Budget Will Be Loaded with Tough Choices

An online tool people use to decide an office lunch order, or whether an internet meme is funny or not, is being deployed by a city that needs to close an estimated $1 billion budget gap. And you know what? Mayor Lori Lightfoot may be on to something here.

Lori Lightfoot (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

BGA President David Greising writes every other week for the Chicago Tribune Opinion section.

As Mayor Lori Lightfoot approaches her 100th day in office, Tuesday, she already has scored a number of historic firsts: first African American woman to be mayor of Chicago, the city’s first openly gay mayor, the first in memory to challenge the unrivaled power of aldermen in their wards. 

And now there is one more: the first mayor to develop a city budget after polling her public via SurveyMonkey.

That’s right. The online tool people use to decide an office lunch order, or whether an internet meme is funny or not, is being deployed by a city that needs to close an estimated $1 billion budget gap.

And you know what? Lightfoot may be on to something here.

Read the rest at chicagotribune.com.