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Daley Says Economic Stimulus Package Could Mean Thousands of Local Jobs

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Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says the economic stimulus plan, currently working its way through Congress, could go a long way to helping the city’s economic outlook.

Daley has high hopes for the stimulus legislation, which would pump billions into the US economy. He says the city has projects that are ready to go for things like potholes and transit.

DALEY: We’re even maybe about thinking of looking at whether or not contracts should go out now. Even though you don’t go through with them, at least you have them on notice, and the notice is out and they bid them already. And whether you take it or not that will be dependent on the federal programs.

And Daley says, those projects could mean work for a lot of people.

DALEY: You are talking about thousands and thousands of jobs. There’d be a huge amount of jobs. That’s not just blue collar but also white collar jobs as well.

Daley yesterday met with members of the local business community to come up with other ideas to help guide the city through the recession.

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