Dear Member of the
International Olympic Committee:
The city of Chicago is in such poor financial shape that the city will close tomorrow, Monday. This is just the first of a series of planned shut downs over this and next year.
We told you that the city is broke. Every week we are getting new details of just how bad our finances are.
The more news we get about our terrible finances, the angrier citizens are getting about the Mayor's relentless pursuit of the 2016 Olympics.
City Government Closed For Business On Monday
Sun-Times News Group, August14, 2009
If you planned to check out a library book, visit a city clinic or have
your garbage picked up on Monday, you're out of luck.
The City of Chicago will basically be closed for business on Aug. 17, a
reduced-service day in which most city employees are off without pay,
according to a release from the Office of Budget and Management. City
Hall, public libraries, health clinics and most city offices will be
Emergency service providers including police, firefighters and
paramedics will be working at full strength, but most services not
directly related to public safety, including street sweeping, will not
be provided, the release said.
That also includes garbage pickup. Residents who receive regular
collection on Mondays should expect trash to be picked up the following
day, the release said. Some other customers may experience a one-day
delay as collectors catch up.
As part of the 2009 budget, three reduced-service days were planned for
2009, days which are unpaid for all affected employees -- the Friday
after Thanksgiving; Christmas Eve; and New Year's Eve. The City Council
recently approved moving the reduced-service day planned for New Year's
Eve to Monday.
The 2009 budget anticipates saving $8.3 million due to the reduced-service days.
In addition to reduced service days, all non-union employees were asked
to take a series of furlough days and unpaid holidays, and most
non-sworn union employees agreed to similar unpaid time off.
"Every dollar we save from these measures helps to save jobs, and in
the long-term, maintain services for Chicagoans," Mayor Daley said in
the release. "This plan relies on most of our civilian employees to be
part of the solution to our very serious budget challenges. I want to
thank them again for their sacrifice."