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Daley Insulted by Negative Coverage

By Margaret Lyons in News on Oct 11, 2007 7:30PM, Mayor Daley's mad at the press for blasting his new tax plan in editorials and offering pretty negative coverage in articles. (And cartoons.) Addressing reporters at a news conference, he said

"...all of the sudden, you decided that everything is bad. Everything is wrong. That I don't understand struggling families. That's an insult to me...You've done a lot to me over the years. You try to put me in different images. And you have the power of the pen. You have all the ink you want. But, I hope you never say I don't understand the people of Chicago. I've been mayor since 1989. I've lived in this city all my life. . Never try to say that the mayor doesn't care about struggling people . I have worked very hard as a public official to understand the problems."

He also said reporters didn't understand the need for libraries because they're "wealthy" (uh...), and that the aldermen who don't like his plan are the same ones that ask him for stuff later.