Daley speaks at U.S. Conference of mayors

January 20, 2010 8:01:22 PM PST
Chicago's Mayor Daley, who was in Washington Tuesday with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, urged the Obama administration and Congress to end political bickering and make job creation a top priority.Daley drew nods of approval and applause from fellow mayors when he urged more public works, infrastructure construction, and long-term tax breaks for companies that hire.

"It shouldn't be one year. We're competing in a global economy. They're paying people $3 an hour in some places, or $4 and $5 in some places. So, how do we compete in the quality of life we want to give somebody? We give them tax advantages for the life of that employee. I think that will work out," Daley said.

Mayor Daley urged McCormick Place exhibitors and unions to keep jobs in Chicago by revising their rates and work rules so conventions don't move to other cities.