Emanuel’s ‘Children’s Fund’ from camera fines doesn’t exist in budget

Mayor Emanuel says revenue from speed cameras will go toward children’s programs, but there’s nothing in the budget to guarantee that.

The mayor’s office expects the new cameras will bring in $70 million.

But that money is going into the city’s general fund, instead of a special fund for children.

That means city officials can spend the camera revenue on whatever they want.

But the city says it has $73 million budgeted toward after school programs, early childhood education, and school security.

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