City Budgets

The annual city budget contains the revenues, expenditures and liabilities of the City for the next fiscal year. Illinois law (Chapter 65 ILCS 5/8-2-1) requires that the City Council adopt their annual budget on or before December 31 of the previous year. The Office of the City Clerk will regularly update these documents and provide additional information as necessary.

Each year the City Council approves a corporate budget, formally known as the Annual Appropriation Ordinance. This document contains the expenditures and liabilities of the City and specifies the appropriations for the next fiscal year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31).

Departments submit revenue and expenditure estimates to the Office of Budget and Management for preparation of the budget. Before August 1 of each year, the Budget Director files the next year’s Annual Financial Analysis Report with the City Clerk outlining the City’s fiscal projection. In accordance with Illinois law, the Mayor is required to submit his Executive Budget recommendations for City Council consideration (65 ILCS 5/8-2-2). Once introduced the budget is immediately sent to the City Council Committee on Budget and Government Operations for review. Prior to final consideration and under State law, the full City Council will hold at least one public hearing to give citizens’ an opportunity to speak on the proposed budget.

After considering any amendments or adjustments, the City Council must then vote to approve a final balanced budget no later than Dec. 31 of each year.

Approved City Budgets

Document Mayor Download
2017 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Rahm Emanuel Download (9.96 MB)
2016 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Rahm Emanuel Download (6.38 MB)
2015 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Rahm Emanuel Download (52.15 MB)
2014 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Rahm Emanuel Download (6.28 MB)
2013 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Rahm Emanuel Download (13.02 MB)
2012 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Rahm Emanuel Download (13.71 MB)
2011 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (9.75 MB)
2010 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (25.53 MB)
2009 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (8.55 MB)
2008 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (7.27 MB)
2007 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (7.64 MB)
2006 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (6.8 MB)
2005 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (6.88 MB)
2004 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (6.75 MB)
2003 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (7.42 MB)
2002 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (6.86 MB)
2001 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (72.57 MB)
2000 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (7.64 MB)
1999 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (7.13 MB)
1998 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (8.66 MB)
1997 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (7.12 MB)
1996 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (7.73 MB)
1995 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (8.24 MB)
1994 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (7.75 MB)
1993 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (8.19 MB)
1992 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (7.57 MB)
1991 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (6.92 MB)
1990 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Richard M. Daley Download (6.62 MB)
1989 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Eugene Sawyer Download (6.8 MB)
1988 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Eugene Sawyer Download (6.29 MB)
1987 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Harold Washington Download (7.5 MB)
1986 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Harold Washington Download (7.28 MB)
1985 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Harold Washington Download (6.58 MB)
1984 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Harold Washington Download (5.01 MB)
1983 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Jane Margaret Byrne Download (5.13 MB)
1982 Annual Appropriation Ordinance Jane Margaret Byrne Download (5.08 MB)