CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $6.5 billion 2013 budget easily won City Council approval Thursday as most members praised the plan for holding the line on taxes and fees while holdouts voiced misgivings over police staffing and revenue projections.

The council voted 46-3 for the budget with one alderman absent, a tally that fell short of the unanimous vote Emanuel received last year on his first city budget. Many had called the vote on that plan a difficult one as it relied on a series of $220 million in tax, fine, and fee increases, layoffs, and police district and health clinic closures to help eliminate a $700 million deficit.

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