Daley focuses on economy

January 22, 2009 10:00:26 AM PST
Back in town after attending President Obama's inauguration, Chicago's Mayor Daley said the economy is a main concern. Daley opened his press conference talking about the importance of thinking outside of the box when it comes to government- nationally and locally.

"If they start leasing public assets, every city, every county and every state and the federal government, you would not have to raise any taxes whatsoever. We'd have more infrastructure money that way than any other way in the nation. But again, that is thinking outside the box," said Mayor Daley.

Daley also reminded Chicagoans to take advantage of eligible tax credits, especially for low-income families. Daley said it's estimated many people fail to file for the $8 billion that is available. Call 311 for information.

Daley did say his time in Washington was emotional.

"It's truly a celebration and brought out the best of America, that's what President Obama talked about. We can bring out the best. We know we have problems. We can bring out the best, and I think that's what the inauguration did, to look out on to the mall and see millions and millions of people celebrating, happy, friendly. That was really.. I don't care who you were, you got chills that day. And you were very -- everybody was very emotional that day to see that," said Daley.

After the inauguration, Daley attended a intimate party at the White House from midnight to 2:30 a.m. He said you don't repeat what you discuss with the president at a private party.