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August 16, 2009
The People Speak

I don't want the Olympics here in Chicago. Our mayor is a crook and has made every effort to make deals, pass ordinances and make the hard working citizens of Chicago pay fines that are truly illegal and violate our rights so that he can get the $$$ to fund these Olypics . Shame on you Richard Daley...


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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.

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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 closed.

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."