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Potholes riddle Chicago and the suburbs

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Whatever you like to call them: potholes, craters or bumper thumpers, they seem to be everywhere in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

However, Chicago's snowfall budget, a reported 25-million dollars, is much different than its neighboring municipalities.

South suburban New Lenox has a population of just over 24,000 people.

"We do a very conservative budget...[we] did not plan on this happening," said Mayor of New Lenox Tim Baldermann.

Roads like Haven, though, are anything but smooth.

Mayor Tim Baldermann said that he's trying to react as fast as he can to fix road issues Mother Nature deals to his village.

"It's really been a rough year for all of us. I've spoken to other mayors as well...roads have taken a bad knock," said Baldermann.

Unfortunately, for many drivers, it doesn't appear as though the pothole debacle is going away anytime soon.

Cities and villages, like New Lenox, and their workers, are preparing for the thaw come Spring. Crews are expecting a heavy work load.

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