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Alcohol and drug addiction are problems, and we should use outside agencies that know the business. They do business all over the country. Why don't we contract them to do it? See, we should be in certain businesses.
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And the political system is changing rapidly in this country, and we better realize that. The elephants or donkeys are not what younger people look to. They look at individual candidates' philosophy, and I think it's a different time and a different generation.
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And then for the first time in history a Cook County state's attorney was reelected for a third time.
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Chicago is not separate or independent from the state of Illinois. We have major corporations here. Look at our business community.
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First National Bank laid off 1,000 people; where do they go? There are no jobs for them. So we are having serious economic problems in this country. We are in a real economic crisis.
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I believe the way I describe the problems in Chicago is that it's a metropolitan area. I've said that everywhere. The uneducated child is not just my problem, it's the state's problem. It's also the federal government's problem.
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I don't fight the suburban areas or collar counties. I get along with them; they're former Chicagoans anyway.
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I enjoy getting things done. My philosophy is the edge, the edge of something. There's where we have to go in local government, in not only the philosophy but the creativity in people around you. They have to go to the edge.
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I forgot to say that we will be the only city in the country, one of the few cities in the world, with two new airports: O'Hare and this one.
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I have enough problems as mayor. I'm convinced now in the 1990s people don't look at elephants and donkeys; they look at candidates and philosophy. They want the job done.
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I just enjoyed it, but I knew at the time that eventually I would make the decision whether I was going to be staying in public office or leaving it.
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I say what's good for the suburbs is good for the city, and what's good for the city is good for the suburbs. It's a two-way street here.
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I think a lot of things you couldn't do immediately because you really have to know the operation, your contracts and your work rules. You have all these tilings, so you have to get to know them.
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I think the state has some serious problems. Just look at the layoffs going on across the state, not just in Chicago. It affects the middle class. It pushes people down.
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I'm one who demands a lot from people. I'm not afraid to look at alternative ways in city government. That's what I've done in my two years and will continue to do in the next four.
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I'm the one who gets called up about a problem. I'm the one who gets called up about the street lighting and the abandoned car. I'm the one who gets blamed if the police don't arrive. I'm the one they blame if a city truck is broken down.
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I'm the one who must find more money basically to deal with our fleet and raise the taxes. I get blamed for it, not one of my employees. So let's begin. The accountability is right here, right in this office.
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It has to be because unemployment problems in northwest Indiana are similar to those in southeast Chicago.
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Let's see, in the last 11 years I ran twice in '80, once in '83, twice in '84, twice in '88, twice in '89 and twice in '91. Eleven times.
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My dad came out of the Roosevelt era and the Depression. One person and one party made a difference in his life. That's what everybody forgot when they called my father and other people political bosses.
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O'Hare Field has been the largest economic development program in the history of the state. This will equal that or be higher than that, and that's what it's all about. An airport deals with economic development and jobs.
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Once I won state's attorney, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Then I ran for mayor, and I lost, but I got lucky the second time, of course.
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Our site basically serves not only Chicago, Illinois, but northwest Indiana. There's nothing else happening there.
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People have to be confident about their sites. We're confident, number one, because under my administration we're managing our airports better than we've ever done before.
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People talked about my political skills. Remember, they said I could not speak and write and walk and all these things they were saying about me.
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So that for the year 2000, the third airport is the whole key to the future of the metropolitan area. Otherwise, there's no growth.
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So that's it; you have to be very careful. This idea that the state says: 'We're not going to do it anymore; you go tax.'
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So you keep raising these taxes, and all of a sudden the business community says, 'Why are we here? We can go someplace else and use their phones.' That's one of the problems that directly affects the business community.
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Standard and Poor's or Moody should grade them just like me. Otherwise we're saying to our parent corporation, 'Do anything you want.' What happens is a parent corporation does it, and then we all follow. They're in debt; we go in debt. Who cares? And that's what is wrong with America.
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That area environmentally is a waste. You can't do anything. I don't care if the Sierra Club goes out there. It is fully polluted! You're not only going to work to clean up the environment, but also you will put people to work.
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That's an economic development program in the metropolitan area. If they don't see that, and you don't get these things done, then you're competing with Texas and California and Atlanta; then you really have problems.
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That's what I want as managers and people around me in government, and that's what I think I'm trying to provide. That's what I'm trying to do.
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The city needs the state; the state needs the city. Look at the downtown hub and what it means to the economy for not only the city of Chicago.
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The federal government is saying, 'Go in debt, don't pay your bills, overspend. We just print the money.'
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The growth factor will be in the airport. Otherwise there's no growth factor. You build a building here and you do this, fine, but there was nothing as significant as O'Hare Field in the 1950s,'60s,'70s,'80s.
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There has been loss of steel manufacturing. Those people need jobs. Where you have to build the third airport is where people are. So you're right; if his site isn't playable, then our site is right next to it.
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They knew that Roosevelt and the Democratic party made a difference on them, on their quality of life issues, and they believed in that. But today it is completely different.
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They really do a disservice because these men and women came out of the Depression, they came out of the war.
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We also need people like social workers, volunteers, the Christian Industrial League, drug treatment programs to make sure you are getting them a job. That's what you have to do. Otherwise, we just keep stepping around these things.
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We are going to sign a treaty with Mexico. We are competing internationally. We need another international airport for international cargo, international travel, international businesses.
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We have a narcotics problem. Everybody has a narcotics problem. We have an education problem. We have a tax problem and infrastructure problems. They're all the same, different proportions.
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We have good quality people - for running not only the aviation but Midway Airport and O'Hare Field. Good quality people.
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We may have differences, but we are one. DuPage County is not separate anymore. DuPage County has the same problems.
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Well, I think it's hard to pin point any one issue because you would say that if I pinpointed this issue, then that means you're not concerned about all these other issues.
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Well, the problem of the federal government is that they print money and go in debt. That's their national policy, Democrats and Republicans it doesn't matter. And this is where I differ.
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What bureaucracy wants is growth, and they keep attaching on programs. Then all of a sudden you ask: 'What are we doing this for? Who said we should be doing this?'
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What I look at is the type of management and accountability that I want in government, to get people who are hardworking but most of all people who are creative and willing to go to the edge of something. That's what I want in government.
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When I was on the agricultural committee and the judiciary committee, I got to know the ins and outs. I work well with different state agencies and I enjoyed that role.
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When you look at the homeless issue at O'Hare Field, it's an example of everybody stepping over and around the issue.
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Why do we do something like that? We need the city government and private sector contributing money for alternatives for them, not to step around.
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Why should a city be mandated to do something by the federal government or state government without the money to do it?
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You can ask all the airlines; you can ask Sam Skinner. They have seen it: real professionalism going on there. Besides that, we can come with the passenger fees. Now that is an example of my administration going forward.
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You go out there and ask them what their future is today. If we don't build that today, there's nothing.
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You have nothing coming into a major metropolitan area to relocate or locate your business and employees. And you can go across the country and you'll see that.
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You will be surprised how much support I have in the south and southwest suburban area. People may be taking different political postures, but people in the community and business are all for it.
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