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Daley Tight-Lipped on Plans for Stimulus Money

From the Chicago Sun Times:

Daley holding back on stimulus money wish list
February 26, 2009
FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
Mayor Daley said Thursday he’s holding back his wish list of projects Chicago wants to fund with largesse from the federal stimulus package because he’s afraid of raising political expectations.
“If I go out and announce 20, 40, 50 projects, it would be great. Oh, big headlines. Then you turn around and only two of those projects go forward, and you announced them in 40 different communities. I mean, you’ll destroy me overnight. And the public will destroy you,” Daley said.
“That’s why we have to be very careful on this. Your expectations are so high. But realistically, we don’t know how much money actually is gonna come to the city,” Daley said. “People say they have all these plans and everything. But they don’t know if they’re gonna get any money. I’m just cautioning everybody, this is not as much money as everyone may think it is.”
Mayors from across the country have released a detailed list of projects. Daley has talked only in the broadest of strokes.
Read the full Sun Times article here. We wonder why ‘da Mayor is being so secretive. He’s usually not one to be “afraid of raising political expectations.”

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