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Posted by on March 28, 2009 7:43 PM | Permalink
March 28, 2009 | It is "unfair" for police to try to link their pay dispute to Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics, Mayor Richard Daley said Saturday.
Police union members unhappy with contract negotiations say they will picket City Hall on Thursday--the same day the International Olympic Committee's evaluation team arrives in Chicago.
"If everybody has a complaint about something else, it has nothing to do with 2016," the mayor said. "It's really unfair because the Olympics is bigger than Mayor Daley. It's bigger than the police or fire union, all these unions. It's bigger than them.
"This is about the vision of the city. This is about transforming the city. This is something that other cities are fighting for."
But Daley added he was not concerned the protest would have any impact on Chicago's chances of being awarded the games over three other finalists--Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo--in October, when the IOC is scheduled to make its decision.
"If they want to demonstrate--fine, they can demonstrate. But it won't have any affect," the mayor said.
Daley spoke to reporters after touring the CityEscape Garden Center on the West Side. At the news conference, Daley also commented on the demise of the South Side Irish parade, saying he did not influence that decision.
Organizers announced this week that they would no longer hold the St. Patrick's Day event. The mayor said he was in Denver, promoting the Olympic bid, when he heard the news.
"Don't blame me--I guess you blame me for anything," Daley told reporters. "There's always rumors. I have nothing to do with it ... It's the [parade] organization that suspended it. That's about it. That's all I know."
The mayor declined to comment further on the corruption conviction Monday of his former Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez. "I stick by my statement," he said, referring to prepared comments he read to reporters the day after a federal jury found Sanchez guilty of rigging city hiring for pro-Daley campaign workers.
Daley: Cop union 'unfair' to Olympic bid |
March 28, 2009 7:58 PM
Daley and his son are going to prison, get this crook out of office now! We can't keep waiting for him to have a stroke because we do not know when the devil is going to take him. We got to do it ourselves and vote him out. In the meantime we have to just keep hoping da crooked mare keeps eating deep fried foods and fatty butter.
keep on a high cholestrol diet mayor daley |
March 29, 2009 7:39 AM
Daley is crying that the police union is unfair for protesting after he took the 16% raise off the table . He has the audacity to use the words "UNFAIR "
March 29, 2009 11:29 AM
Daley wants the olympics for his mob contractor friends and family members that are buying up land and buildings at key sites. Daley on your ethics statements you say you have no interest in real estate? another lie.
John S |
March 31, 2009 7:34 PM