Daley Defends Suburbanites Rights at Millennium Park
By Kevin Robinson in News on Nov 10, 2009 3:00PM
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For the embattled mayor, this minor controversy works to his advantage to the extent that it distracts from the litany of budget and tax issues that are dogging his administration. The risk that Daley runs in responding to the controversy, however, is that is adds to the sneaking suspicion that many Chicagoans have that Daley cares more about wealthy businessmen and suburban visitors to the city. Schulter decried suburbanites that "glom onto all the seats." Suggesting that Chicago residents should get preference city-owned sites, Schulter said "it's just a question of fairness. If you go to other cities, you'll see city residents are given discounts to go to their museums. It's a fair thing to consider. What we're trying to do is look at - especially during these hard times - that our city residents are at least given some consideration somehow."
The "suburbanites versus city dweller" battle is as old as the suburbs themselves and with several of the city's popular music fests making the transition from Grant Park to Millennium Park (in one of Daley's bids to save the city some cash) expect this feud to continue.