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WASHINGTON--The White House declined to comment on the demand from Chicago Mayor Richard Daley for President Obama--and every federal employee--to take a 15-day pay cut.

Daley--who has often rallied against Washington, no matter who is the president--has been presiding over a cash-stapped city and has said he will cut his paycheck by 15 days.


"I hope every federal employee from the president all the way down takes 15 days without pay to turn that money back to taxpayers' use, because they're getting laid off, they're getting cut back, there are no jobs out there," Daley said Friday.

BY LISA DONOVAN
Chicago Sun-Times Staff Reporter

CHICAGO--President Obama -- and every federal employee -- should take 15 unpaid furlough days for the sake of the country, Mayor Daley suggested Friday.

They need to suck it up and feel the pain Americans have endured in the economic downtown that has seen jobs and wages slashed, he said.

"I hope every federal employee from the president all the way down takes 15 days without pay to turn that money back to taxpayers' use, because they're getting laid off, they're getting cut back, there are no jobs out there," Daley said Friday.

An animated Daley offered the advice during a press conference on the Northwest Side to announce $1.7 billion in projects around the city. The projects use money that comes from bonds and federal and city coffers, including tax increment financing districts.

Daley said road, library and sewer construction projects are necessary to keep a city running and, at these times, people employed.

But as he spoke about the projects, he reflected on what's happening in city government: layoffs and furlough days. The mayor says he's taking 15 unpaid days this year and believes every level of government -- all the way up to the president might do the same to save taxpayer dollars.

"I believe that would have an enormous impact upon America," Daley said. "In other words you're telling the taxpayers that everybody's suffering and you're suffering. And government has to start squeezing and tightening in."

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Shut YOUR MOUTH Rich DALEY!!

If you were not mis-managing TIFS, you wouldn't need to ask for days off.

SHUT YOUR MOUTH, YOU LOUSE!

How dare you make demands on the government of Washington, and we can't get efficient policing, education and other public services in Chicago!

YOU ARE THE ONE WHO HAVE MIS-MANAGED AND SOLD VARIOUS CHICAGO ENTITIES IN YOUR QUEST TO ENRICH Your FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!

You are the one who hired a three hundred thousand dollar a year police commissioner and our children are still dying! Crime is rampant in the city while you manipulate police stats.

You are a WORTHLESS BUM, who deserves no attention from Washington. I pray your noise falls on deaf ears!!

BE PREPARED TO G0 ON A NEVER ENDING VACATION WHEN THIS MAYORAL TERM IS UP!!

You have only STOLEN from the TAX-PAYERS of Chicago. EVERY THING YOU TOUCH TURNS TO STONE!!

Look at how you have stolen funds for generations to come merely from selling the parking meters. You are a worthless bum!

YOU LIED ABOUT FUNDING THE ENTIRE OLYMPICS! I hope Chicago does not get it nor the voters of Chicago forget when it's time to VOTE YOU OUT OF OFFICE!

Rich Daley, all you do is trampled on the backs of hard-working tax-payers, while filling the coffers of your relatives - namely your son and nephrews and friends, and all your cronies from Bridgeport who are sitting in jail, just waiting to get out and start spending their ill-gotten gains!

YOU ARE WORTHLESS!! Shut YOUR MOUTH Rich DALEY!! You lied about the Hispanic Democratic Organization being a cesspool for patronage workers.

You turn your back and a blind eye to no-bid contracts and ALWAYS SAY, "I DID NOT KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON!" "I DIDN'T KNOW THIS WAS HAPPENING!" And everything is done right under your nose while you sit in City Hall!

You freaking bum, SHUT UP!!!

Children dying, schools not up to par in Chicago, and you have the audacity, the unmitigaged gall to demand what the President of the United States should be doing!

You can't even run a city efficiently!

WHAT DID YOU DO WITH ALL THE TIF MONEY DALEY?!

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Where did all the tax-payers TIF money go Rich - Son of Daddy Rich getting Richer - Daley?

Shut YOUR MOUTH Rich DALEY!!

Shut YOUR MOUTH You Lousy Thief!!


To all you Black Aldermen or persons in Rich Daley's back pocket, your day has come TOO!

Black people will NOT vote for you again. It is time for NEW BLOOD and NEW IDEOLOGIES!

You same idiots get behind this knucklehead and never bring home a big enough of the pie for us to maintain a decent living. YOU BLACK POLITICIANS ONLY CARE ABOUT YOURSELVES AND YOUR FAMILIES THE SAME AS RICH DALEY!!

Black Voters, WAKE UP AND VOTE THESE BUMS OUT!!

Everyone wants Todd Stroger's Job, but none are willing to take on Rich Daley! Ask yourself "Why is that?"

This is NOT about RACE it is about POWER!!

And those Black politicians who keep supporting Daley have a foot on your neck the same as he does!!

Wake up!! Our communities are poor because we allow the simpletons we elect to office not stand up and do their jobs they are duly elected to. When the last time you heard of TIF money being spent in our communities? And if so not a pittance but a phlethora of millions on a regular basis.

That is why our communities look like deserts with a bunch of corner stores and store front churches.

Vote their butts out of office and get some fresh blood with new ideas into office. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE SAME OLD NEWS CYCLE! They are stealing, you know they are stealing, and your family is dying because of it!!

Todd Stroger is not like his father! He is better, but other politicians who attack him and the media won't give you time to think that Mr. Stroger is a good politician.

Ask yourself, why in the hell are they picking on the new guy? All the rest of them are messing up TOO, but won't stand behind him. BUT COME SEEKING YOUR VOTE!! Don't give it to them! PUT FRESH BLOOD INTO OFFICE.

I am tired of the let's go along with Daley's stealing and the Black elected officials attitude of to get along, as long as they get theirs!!

IF THAT IS THE CASE, WHERE THE HELL IS MINE?!

Mr Daley, Thanks for another redundant parking ticket I have to waste time contesting. No Mr. Daley, My Vehicle was not parked in the same place for more than 7 days. How could it be. I use it everyday, I get to work my tail off everyday to pay for your high life.
Again it looks likes something else I won't be able to afford to spend on local business.
2 tickets in three weeks. Yea, I'm asking for it.
ha! And I'm not counting in May-June. Well I guess I just did. Buck You Very Much Sir...

So is he going to give up 15 days of pay? And is Congress and the Senator going to give up 15 days of pay?

What is his stand on the Health Reform? If they go ahead and reform instead of political ball-busting we can see some great long over due changes to benefit the country as a whole.

I am a GS-6; I do NOT clear even MAKE $50,000 per year, let alone clear anywhere NEAR that. Apparently, you need to do more research before suggesting a catastrophic economic impact such as this!!! Not everyone in the government happens to hold a double digit grade. Nor are all of us protected by unions-my 'series' does not permit me to BE protected by a union.
Do you have ANY idea what that would mean to the civil servants in grades LOWER than ME?!?!? They would in turn be forced to seek out medical assistance, welfare subsidies, and other drains on the already over-burdened system. But, hey, YOU are a mayor and I'm only a GS-6; what do I know?
Here's a thought, why don't you and all of the other mayors, lieutenant governors, governors, and members of the Congress and Senate take a 15 day pay cut? Now THAT amount of money would make a significant difference as most of you make much closer to the 6-digit salary than I ever will.

I guess I am really glad I don't live in Chicago with the less that honerable Mr. Daley.
As far as government workers taking 15 days off unpayed and that $$$ going back to the taxpayers----As a federal employee for over 37 years I would be more than willing as long as it is fair which to me means every bank, car company, state, and city that has gotten "stimulus" money from the federal goverment or money to keep their poorly run company's from bankruptcy or whatever, you get to do the same thing, especially the big bonus idiots at the top of these companies!
Better yet, Mr. Daley how about you turn over 15% of everything you have to help stimulate your local ecomomy!

Give money back to the taxpayers...that's a rich thought coming from a tax and rape, spend and steal politician like Daley. He complains about Chicago not having jobs, I wonder why? Is it because he taxed many businesses away from Chicago in order to waste tax dollars supporting social programs that encouraged people not to work? Is it because he and the Cook County elite have continuously lined their pockets at the expense of the tax paying citizens of Chicago and Cook County? Is it because in order for you to run a business you have to pay egregious taxes, and bribes to the city and county government and it's "honest" officials?

Don't come cryin to the rest of the country about your woes Daley, you made your bed, now lay in it. I hope the mob pulls you out of your office and hangs you! Criminals like you don't deserve anything better!

I ask why would ANYONE in their right mind want to live in such a cess pool? Hell the same could be said of Illinois as a whole as Chicago's corruption has poisoned the state. If I have to drive through I will be certain to fill my tank and take a leak prior to entering Ill (it even makes me ill!) so I won't have a reason to stop!

How can you stand to live in a place where you are denied the right to self-protection in your home? Daley says you can't own a firearm because they are evil, yet who has gun in Chicago, the cops and the crooks, and the line between them is blurry. As we all know, in an emergency situation seconds count, and the police are only minutes away. Someone coming into my home will leave with extra holes. Daley blames guns for all Chicago's crime, funny I have owned guns for years and never once committed a crime, nor has one been committed against me. His tactic is to blame someone else for his failings, whether it be crime, the economy, etc. He can afford to go 15 days without pay, in fact he doesn't deserve the rest of it.

Mayor Daley,
I hope you don't mind if I take those 3 weeks off without pay that you forced upon me before I finish processing this Federal grant that your office is calling me about, do you?

As soon as the Mayor gets all his relatives off Chicago's payroll, us high paid Federal employees might take him seriously.

You've got to be kidding! One of the top ****heads of the Chicago corruption machine that spawned our new president wants to take money out of my pocket? Please, please it don't matter if you're black, white, orange, whatever please read the new book Culture of Corruption. You'll see why it would not be far-fetched for our new president to take advice from this crook.

"I hope every federal employee from the president all the way down takes 15 days without pay to turn that money back to taxpayers' use...." In case you didn't realize, let me clarify-FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ARE TAXPAYERS-they pay taxes just like everyone else, idiot

Just what I need........a crooked big city political machine boss with a yearly income (well, at least the LEGAL income...) in the millions telling me I need to give up 15 day's pay as a "symbolic gesture" Whaaaaaa??? He's the same one that's telling me I need to destroy all my guns so I can be "safe" while he's surrounded by armed thugs with a license to shoot-to-kill. His logic is in line with legalizing prostution in order to promote chastity. Let him give up 15 day's pay. He won't miss a meal. If I do, there's a pretty good chance my family WILL.

I spent $150,000 for my education, and underwent another $100,000 in opportunity costs (did not work for 2 1/2 Years while going to school), to get my education, which got me the job with the Federal Government. I sacrificed and worked hard for my money just as everyone else. I do not want to forgo on nickel; in fact, I am way underpaid in my opinion. Besides, I work an additional 15 to 20 hours a week just to keep up with my workload, which the government does not pay me for--that is, no overtime, no extra dollars, and many of my colleagues do the same. Therefore, if we take the 15 hours and multiply it by our hourly rate, we would have a number of $2,100 a month, we sacrifice to the good people of America. Therefore, to Mayor Daley, I say why don't “you” give some of your money back to help balance the U.S. trade deficit, because like most politicians, you are probably independently wealthy and can afford to do so. We work for the Government, as a result, we cannot.

WHAT AN ASSININE IDEA!!!! THAT'S FINE FOR DALEY AND ANY OTHER INDEPENDENTLY WEALTHY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AT THE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LEVEL WHO WANTS TO VOLUNTARILY DONATE 15 DAYS WORTH OF PAY. TROUBLE IS 99.9999% OF US ARE NOT IN THAT CLASS. DALEY IS 1,000% OUT OF TOUCH!!! I HAVE A MONTHLY MORTGAGE AND OTHER OBLIGATIONS AND SIMPLY CAN'T AFFORD TO MAKE THAT KIND OF DONATION!!! IT'S NOT ONLY THOSE OUT OF WORK FEELING THE ECONOMIC PINCH OF THIS ECONOMY.

I PITY THE CITIZENS OF CHICAGO. THEY ARE GOVERNED BY A MAYOR WHO IS OUT OF TOUCH AND A COMPLETE IDIOT!!!!

Stay out of the Federal Governments business. Haven't you messed things up enough in Crook County? We provide much needed services to the people of our country here at SSA and if we were off many, many people would not recieve their money or disabilty checks and that in turn would hurt the economy.
Hard words from a man who has the highest taxed county in the Nation and who is using our tax dollars for the Olympic Bid, and says he isn't.
I have been a Crook County resident for the last 50 years and this is the worst it's ever been (this administrationa and Daley).

Gee Rich, it's time to visit the Psychologist again. Most politicans are out of office before they contract Alzheimer’s disease, but not you. Why don't you just retire so some one younger than 100 years old could run the city? Keep you nose out of Federal affairs, you've done enough damage at the state level already.

Gosh, there's a lot of anger out there against hizzoner.

As a federal employee, I don't think I'm responsible for returning money from my salary to the taxpayer--I do that anyway because I spend it all. Lots of businesses benefit and I don't have a huge cash reserve. That being said, I might be convinced of the value of a 14-day (our pay period) cut, but I'd want it spread out over the rest of the year.

I'm still royally teed off that G.W.B. squandered the federal surpluss that Bill C. built, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

Mayor Daley,

Be quiet!

It is understandable that the Mayor seeks political cover for his controversial decision to cut payroll temporarily without the pain of firing people. We may feel his pain, but that does not mean we share it. There are plenty of sound economic reasons for maintaining federal pay levels during a recession, not the least of which is producing tax revenues to help support out cities.

It's your idea, Daley, YOU give up 15 days of YOUR pay.

Who do you think you are kidding Daley? Surely not the people that live in your city.

Anyone who listens to this hypocrite need to have their head examined. He, like most politicians seeking news worthy coverage, always has a plan for building up their public image. Daley is only seeking publicity in order to prepare for his next run for the office of Mayor. If he really want my attention, let us see him give away half of his fortune to those that really need it. Then and only then will I take him seriously.

Mayor Daley could save taxpayers an enormous amount of money by just resigning !!!

Mayor Daley,

As a low level federal employee I am like most Americans that are struggling to pay my bills. I'm not a fat cat politico, I take home $1201 every 14 days. My monthly rent is $1250, $100 for electric, $60 for water/sewer and $250 a month for food. Plus $85 month for car insurance. What about gas? Thankfully, I don't have a care payment because I can't afford a new car!!!

You notice, there is no extra $$$ money there.

You honestly think I can afford to be without that little bit of money?

If you are so concerned about federal money being wasted, why don't you cut the federal treasury a check for cost of Meigs Airport that your ordered destroyed during a midnight raid. Think about all the federal money tossed into the lake!

Mayor, you are the last one that should step up and urge federal employees to do anything!

Mayor(Ain't that a laugh)Daily, I think all federal employees have suffered more than enough. Anyone in the military knows the old routine; you are getting lower pay because you have a nice retirement. That is, if politicians like you, don't decide to steal it before we get it. I gave Uncle Sam over 35 years of my life (military and civil service) before retiring. All federal employees (except,maybe the politicans like you) are always overworked and underpaid. They probably put in more hours in a week than you do in a month. You want to know the problem with this country? It is not the working class at any level. It is the political cronies like you. There are way too many 'hand-out' programs for people who are too lazy to work and know how to work the system that all working people have to pay for. Then you have crooks like you who pay big bucks to your friends and family to help keep them 'gainfully employed' (another laugh). If the citizens of Chicago were smart, they would not wait until election. They would give you 48 hours to get out of town with nothing but the clothes on your back. If you did not leave, they should tie you to a rail, tar you down, and ride you out. Any of your cronies that tried to stop them should get the same thing. So, don't come to me crying about your problems. Federal employees deserve what they get and then some. So, take some unfriendly advise: stop flapping your jaws. Dan Farmer, A Happy Citizen Outside of Chicago.

Mayor Daley:

Sure. We'll all be glad to take 3 weeks off. Oh, I guess that will mean closing the borders and ports won't it? Oh yeah, and the airports too since they have federal workers. Great plan- that way the economy can be at a standstill for 3 weeks- and the states and cities will lose even more money from the income tax they would have received from all the feds working during that time. You've done a great job running Chicago into the ground...stop trying to take the rest of the country with you.

I already bailed out enough greedy corporations. What we need to do is cut half the politicians out altogether. Things would start running so much more efficient and our deficits would start to reverse!

15 days furlough from the President on down... hmmmm.
Mr. Daley, why not start from the bottom of the federal employee payroll and enact this idea in reverse? Let's begin with every enlisted servicemember (yes, they are federal employees) with families in the US and overseas and not pay them for two weeks. What impact you think that will have on troop morale not to mention retention.
Your staff really need to think these ideas through before forwarding to you for announcement.

Mr daley stop pocket the money in your pocket tax payers would have jobs and cta would not be ask for tax payers to pay more money to ride the bus it about time tax payers to stike and stop ride the bus like rose park in the 1963 when she was discriminate and see how cta be hurt for money then. Mayor daley you need to be vote out that mayor seat.

All government workers should take salary cuts. City
state and federal government. Not only do these people command large salaries but get large benefits.
Their salaries should be in line with the present
labor market. Whoops, I guess that would mean they should be laid off like the rest of the country.

I can only ponder what prompted this latest ridiculous whining outburst from Daley.

Could it be that some unnamed Federal official in Washington ignored him?

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