One citizen's take on the Dick that makes Chicago tick.


Thursday, July 16, 2009


So, King Richard delivered his annual State of the City Address. As if we needed the mayor to tell us that Chicago's got issues. From the Sun-Times:
The mayor used his annual State of the City address to tackle the issues that have touched a nerve with Chicagoans. They range from higher taxes, youth violence and government corruption to video poker, the Olympics and Chicago parking meters.
Wow. Thanks Captain Obvious. But, you know, we shouldn't be so hard on the poor mayor. Acknowledging all these things is a big step for Mayor Daley.

So let's all give Dick a big ol' pat on the back.

Careful!...not too much praise. Because, now we gotta ask, just what is Daley gonna do about all these problems? Oh right - ask other people to take care of the mess:

To keep his hand out of taxpayer pockets, Daley urged the Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges, the CTA, CHA and Park District to hold the line on taxes, fees and fare hikes this year and to order their top level executives to join the furlough frenzy.

In other words, while Daley sits on a $1 billion TIF surplus, he's asking the very entities whose property tax dollars all the TIFs are bleeding dry to do his dirty work. I always thought it was funny that CPS, Park District, et al didn't raise more of a stink about all the money they are missing out on because of TIF. I'm sure they're getting theirs. Wink. Nod.

There's some other gems in the Sun-Times article, so check it out. I won't go into more detail because I think it's all lip service and I don't believe a word that comes out of Mayor Daley's mouth. But if you do, then you'll be happy to know Daley is fixing it all - violence, parking meters, taxes, the economy, corruption, video poker, patronage, the Olympics.

Don't forget. He's the Reformer Man. He'll make it better, with the push of a button! It's all in his very capable hands. SO DON'T WORRY! Reformer Man is on the job...To the rescue!

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