Chicago spends entire snow budget

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:56 p.m.CDT

CHICAGO — The city of Chicago has already used its entire snow removal budget for the year — and then some.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the city's already spent $25 million for snow removal. That's $4.5 million over budget.

Kelley Quinn is a spokeswoman for the city's Office of Budget and Management. She says the streets "will remain plowed and passable," adding "we will not let the city grind to a halt."

The city spent $20.5 million on snow removal efforts last year and had the same amount budgeted for 2014. But in 2013, only 20 inches of snow fell. This winter, more than 62 inches of snow has fall at O'Hare International Airport. About 23 inches of that has fallen since New Year's Eve.

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