CHICAGO — A long-awaited review of the state of Chicago’s retiree health care system concludes that the cash-strapped city can’t afford to keep subsidizing its other post-employment benefits at existing levels.

“I must raise the very serious question of whether the city can continue to fund retiree health care benefits at the current levels given its current financial condition,” writes city Comptroller Amer Ahmad, who chaired the commission which produced the report. “It is of the utmost importance that the city takes a course of action that will safeguard its fiscal well-being.”

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