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August 18, 2009
The People Speak

Chicago does not have the money or leadership to sponsor these games. The city cannot fix potholes on the streets. How can they sponsor the Olympic games? This is simply another opportunity for Daley and his cronies to make a load of money.

Anne Haggerty
Chicago

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"Why you don't want to give the Olympics to Chicago"


Dear Member of the International Olympic Committee:  

The 2016 Committee continues to hold community meetings. The one last night in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood turned ugly because neighbors were protesting the increase in violence in their neighborhood. They were angry that the city is not spending enough money on crime prevention and youth services.

Yesterday was also the day the city shut down all non-essential services in order to save money.

People are getting angrier and angrier at the Mayor and the way Chicago is being managed.

Uptown Residents Protest Violence

Fox News Chicago - August 17, 2009  

Meetings like this are being held all over Chicago---in every neighborhood---to talk about the city's bid for the Olympic games in 2016. Chicago is a finalist but some people in tonight's crowd say the city has been playing games in Iptown for a long time, games with their safety.

Dozens of residents stood outside while that meeting took place. They say Chicago shouldn't be able to bid on the games because the city's streets aren't safe.

They say crime in Uptown is getting worse and the alderman of the 46th ward, Helen Schiller, isn't doing enough about it.  Last week at the intersection of Leland and Sheridan, a neighbor caught a fight between rival gangs on camera.

"What are you going to do about bullet casings on the corner of Leland and Sheridan?" Joe Gray shot this video last Thursday and says this was the third night of fighting. He called police but says it took just as many calls to get them out on the scene.
Over the weekend, Gray says he got a call from the Chicago Police Department about what he documented. Patrols on foot and by car have increased but so far, he's says heard nothing from the alderman.

Gray says: "Alderwoman Schiller will just not show up for CAPS meetings."

Alderman Schiller did attend the city's 2016 meeting but got in through a side door. She wasn't so lucky going out.  The crowd chanted: "Run away Helen.
Run away."
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Chicago shuts down to save money

BBC News - August 18, 2009

Public services in the US city of Chicago have been shut down for a day as the authorities face an expected budget shortfall of some $300m (184m).
Non-essential services such as rubbish collections, libraries and health centres were closed, in the first of three planned reduced service days.

City authorities hope the move, with workers taking an enforced unpaid holiday, will save an estimated $8.3m.

Other cities in the US have already introduced similar measures.

The savings from Chicago's reduced service days are small compared with the overall deficit.

But in a statement last week, Chicago's Mayor Richard M Daley thanked state employees for their "sacrifice".

"Every dollar we save from these measures helps to save jobs, and in the long-term, maintain service for Chicagoans," he said.

"This plan engages most civilian employees to accept cuts and to be part of the solution to our budget crisis."

Two more reduced service days have been scheduled - one for 27 November, the day after Thanksgiving and another for Christmas Eve, 24 December.

Workers have also been asked to take a series of unpaid days off and holidays without salary. Chicago is one of a number of US cities and states to introduce closures and furlough days to address deficits.

In California, which has a budget deficit of some $24.3bn (14.5bn) and has declared a fiscal emergency, state offices have been ordered to close for three days each month.

Michigan has said it will not pay its state employees on six days up to the end of September, to save nearly $22m.