If you planned to check out a library book, visit a city clinic or have your garbage picked up on Monday, you're out of luck.
The City of Chicago is basically closed for business on Aug. 17, a reduced-service day in which most city employees are off without pay. City Hall, public libraries, health clinics and most city offices will be closed.
They technically 'moved' this reduced-services day from New Year's Eve, and if somebody wants to believe that they won't have to have that day be reduced-services - or that there won't be other reduced-service days added - well.
I had a set of suggestions for the City of Chicago to fix their problem, which mostly involved variants of Don't spend money that you don't have, you idiots and Start at the bottom of your list of employees, ranked by productivity, then start firing people until the budget balances - but it's the City of Chicago. The Democrats running that city have no intention of reforming their behavior. So I have an alternate suggestion, and one that is directed to the voters in Chicago:
Stop electing Democrats.
PS: Oddly, advice like this tends to upset Democratic partisans. Not enough for them to do anything to fix the underlying problem, of course.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.