CHICAGO - Chicago's revenue collections fell another $18.5 million short of budgeted levels last month, boosting the total revenue shortfall for the first quarter to $82.8 million in the $6 billion budget.

Officials have warned the gap could exceed $200 million before the end of the year, and tax increases remain a last resort. About $31 million has been trimmed off the deficit through various spending cuts and management initiatives, with the pressure mounting on unions to agree to concessions to trim city expenses or face layoffs.

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