Chicago Mayor Calls City Workers Clock Watchers

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley gave a not very complementary opinion of city workers while explaining why he sold four of the city's assets for $6 million.

Daley said Wednesday city employees are "clock-watchers" who don't think about customers. He contends workers in the private sector are going to make sure the customer is satisfied.

Chicago's sell-off of city assets started with the Skyway, continued with downtown parking garages and Midway Airport and culminated with the December sale of Chicago parking meters.

Daley's actions have been criticized by other politicians, including several running for White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel's 5th Congressional District seat.

Daley said it is good to think outside the box. He pointed out the cash allows the city to keep building while other cities are cutting back.


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