Mayor Daley on snow, O'Hare, city worker residency rules

January 31, 2011 8:32:07 AM PST
''It always snows in Chicago,'' said Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley about how the cash-strapped city will respond should a blizzard hit.

Mayor Daley said that the budget-challenged city will respond with adequate salt and trucks to battle the snowstorm should it hit as projected this week.

Also, Daley said he will meet with the CEOs of American and United airlines this week to talk about the modernization project at O'Hare International Airport.

The airlines have filed a lawsuit to stop the expansion until 2019. That's a move the city can't afford, Daley said at a news conference Monday.

He also spoke about why he thinks it's important for city employees to live in Chicago. Two mayoral candidates -- Rahm Emanuel and Gery Chico -- have said they are "open" to a discussion of the residency rule. Daley said without middle class role models in the city, Chicago could become like Detroit or Cleveland.

Daley spoke after cutting a ribbon at the new outpatient cancer center at Rush University Medical Center.

The mayor's wife, Maggie, is a cancer survivor. He said $13.3 million facility at 1725 West Harrison will bring cancer treatment services into a single location and "will ultimately help prolong human life and reduce suffering - and there is no higher calling than that."

He was joined by Senator Dick Durbin, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and several local leaders.