Daley responds to CPS transfer option

October 17, 2009 (CHICAGO) More than 160 colleges and universities and 5,000 students gathered at the fair held in Chicago Saturday.

The mayor restated his position that Chicago public school boundaries should not be changed because of gang crime. However, he defended teens in the Altgeld Gardens neighborhood and the decision from CPS to allow students who attend Fenger high school to apply to other nearby schools.

"They're not all criminals. I've said that. Let's not put all these kids as bad kids. They had meetings, the option is to go to Carver, or apply to other schools, and not just to go to Fenger," Daley said.

The mayor also made stops at the historic Chicago Bungalow and Green Home Expo at the Merchandise Mart. More than 140 exhibitors were on hand offering eco-friendly and energy saving products.

Also Saturday, Daley he reiterated there will not be any tax increases in the city's 2010 budget. The mayor will reveal his budget next week.

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