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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
News in Brief: Illinois

June 16, 1992
Advocate (06/16/92) No. 605, P. 28

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced April 29 that he has changed his stance of a city council resolution that would add $2.5 million in municipal funds to the city's AIDS budget, currently including $880,002 in city funds. If the measure is enacted by the council, the increase would be the first in municipal AIDS funding since Daley took office in 1989. In the past Daley opposed the measure and said there was no money in the city budget to provide for the increase, and he attributed his shift in position to a bond restructuring. He said, "The question always was, Where would the money come from? New moneys were made available through the refinancing of public building commission bonds originally earmarked for demolition of abandoned buildings." The resolution was not expected to pass without Daley's endorsement, despite that most of the city council members had been in support of it. Daley also announced his appointment of Judith Johns as assistant health commissioner for AIDS policies and programs, a newly created position.