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Mayor Daley LIED! - No kidding ...

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Well -I think most people knew about this farce and his "safety concerns"over closing Meigs. ====================================================================On Tuesday, the mayor changed his tune. Daley dropped all pretenses about fears of a private plane flying into a Chicago skyscraper and acknowledged his real motive was to create more open space as envisioned by planner Daniel Burnham and others some 100 years ago.====================================================================Check out this latest update from the Chicago Sun Timeshttp://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-meigs09.htmlDaley's Meigs alibi crumblesApril 9, 2003BY LYNN SWEET AND FRAN SPIELMAN SUN-TIMES WASHINGTON BUREAUWASHINGTON--Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge blew Mayor Daley's cover story on Meigs Field on Tuesday.Around the same time, in Chicago, the mayor confessed he bulldozed the airport to make it a park and not because of security fears.Ridge said his agency was never consulted over whether the lakefront airport presented a security threat to the city and was personally "disappointed" to see Meigs closed.Daley invoked homeland security to explain why, under cover of darkness and without any prior public notice, he ordered a series of giant X's and slash marks carved in Meigs' sole runway on March 30.The mayor's initial explanation was met with skepticism because for years he has wanted to close Meigs and convert it to a park.On Tuesday, the mayor changed his tune. Daley dropped all pretenses about fears of a private plane flying into a Chicago skyscraper and acknowledged his real motive was to create more open space as envisioned by planner Daniel Burnham and others some 100 years ago."That's what makes Chicago unique from the rest of the world: that we have protected this wonderful lakefront. That's the greatest asset we have here,'' Daley said. From the Calumet River on the south to the Evanston border on the north, "we want to eventually fill in all the way ... for parks and open space," the mayor said.Daley's number may have been up anyway when Ridge said he was under the impression that Daley's decision to shutter Meigs had nothing to do with terrorist threats."I know that the decision to close the field was made prior to Sept. 11, at least that's what was communicated to me," Ridge said."I am not about to second guess any mayor or any governor for making an executive decision to do or not to do something they feel will have or have not an impact on their community," Ridge said.Ridge was asked about Meigs during a session with reporters to announce that Chicago and six other cities were targeted to share $100 million to guard against or respond to terrorism.Chicago must submit and win approval for a plan to use its $10.97 million allocation. Chicago, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Houston were judged to be high-risk potential terrorist targets by the FBI, CIA and Ridge's department.Users of private planes have been the most vocal opponents of Meigs' closing, though some have raised concerns that the airport is needed by "first responders'' in an emergency.Asked if Chicagoans were now safer, Ridge said, "from the mayor's point of view, they are." And from Ridge's point of view?"Well, from my point of view, that is a local decision and we can't micromanage those kinds of decisions," Ridge said.The mayor's action will be discussed at a House aviation subcommittee hearing today. Steve Hansen, spokesman for subcommittee chairman Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), said his boss was not pleased with the closing.Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) called the closing an "act of arrogant recklessness" and hinted the consequence may be a loss of federal transportation funds for the city.Daley brushed off suggestions that the heavy-handed maneuver would cost the city state and federal money.

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Nothing new there.He Lies, deceives, and simply does what he likes.Baghdad BOB ain't got nothing on dick daley.Thanks for the Post. :-)Regards,JoeMy New Home Page:http://home.attbi.com/~boycottchicagoStop on By and sign my Guest Book.

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What makes it even worse is that when worms like Daley are seen to use 9/11 type security threats as a cover story for their political dirty tricks, it means people will take real terrorist threat warnings less seriously, even when they should be taken seriously.

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Haha, HE'S the security threat..no one terrorist could tear up a runway that bad.

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What's the world coming to!? When a politican has to stoop as low as to TELL THE TRUTH(eventually)! Meigs field bring much needed business & tax Dollars into the city & county, something a Northerly Island Park would NOT! The last plane that left meigs was owned & flown by a doctor in town for a convention, spending money! Doubt any tourism dollars would be linked to a park built on Northerly Island.

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What I don't understand is this bit; "That's what makes Chicago unique from the rest of the world: that we have protected this wonderful lakefront. That's the greatest asset we have here,"I quite agree with this, Chicago does have a wonderful lakeshore. But that is WITH Meigs there! That asset as Daley puts it already exists! It doesn't need adding to unless to boost an arrogant ego with a self-named park.As if THAT would happen! :-roll

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