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Daley Wed Nov 19 2008

Day By Daley, Wednesday 19 November

Mayor Daley, you came and you gave without takin'. But I sent you away, Mayor Daley! When you strong arm political opposition you stop me from shakin', and I need you today -- Mayor Daley.

City "Council" To "Vote" On "Budget" To"day." Wait, No, Actually Today. Our rubber stamp aldermen will offer some variety of hilarious token resistance to Mayor Daley's 2009 budget today. Included in this budget are the reduced layoffs, the insane Maxwell Street mark-up that pays for the bouncie houses, and a budget deficit that is so bad we have to cut city services, but not so bad that we will stop pursuing an unbelievably wasteful two-week event that will require billions of dollars of public money (cf., below). You can watch the proceedings live, here. Check out Progress Illinois' take.

Eyes On The Gold, Behind the Dream? Whose dream are CBS 2's "eyes on" in their insipid "behind the scenes" look at the Chicago 2016 committee's efforts to "win" the games for Chicago? Last I checked, nobody conferred with us about whether or not we wanted these things. Also, remember the good feeling and sense of community at Grant Park at the election night celebration? What a surprise: the unelected, unaccountable plutocrats that run the Chicago 2016 bid committee are using it against us. It's like when they used Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech to sell insurance.

"We probably couldn't have paid for a much better commercial than the election night footage from Grant Park," Scherr said...In fact, it did so much that the bid committee is now cutting down a video with beauty shots of Chicago - and adding a second video featuring young people training for Olympic sports. It's a video designed to show the impact Chicago's Olympic dreams are already having on Olympic hopefuls. "We can create that sense to the IOC that we're not waiting for the games to come here, we're starting now," Ryan said.


And why shouldn't we trust Pat Ryan? Oh yeah. That.

No "Gay HS." Well, score one for...I'm not sure whom exactly. But the planned gay-friendly charter high school has been scrapped. Mayor Daley expressed his opposition to the school.

 
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