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Emanuel's budget speech draws applause and skepticism

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget speech calling for a more than $543 million property tax increase drew applause from City Council members at times.

Some who attended Tuesday's address, including Alderman Will Burns, say there aren't other options. Burns says it's a way to put Chicago on secure financial footing.

However, others are skeptical.

Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa says it's more of the same. He says the taxes and fees continue to "nickel and dime" every day Chicagoans.

Emanuel says he wants an exemption for homeowners whose home values are $250,000 or less. But he has to get approval from Springfield.

Senate President John Cullerton says...