Should police, firefighters take furlough days?

October 28, 2009 3:43:52 PM PDT
Mayor Daley is taking unpaid furlough days himself as he tries to deal with a budget crisis. Several aldermen think police officers and firefighters should do the same thing.

The salaries of public safety employees make up about 70-percent of city spending.

The mayor says all city workers need to be aware just how bad the economy is right now.

"Everybody has to realize this is a serious, serious recession, it's not going to get better everybody has to be part of the solution, not the problem," said Mayor Daley.

The mayor spoke as aldermen began hearings on the 2010 budget.