William Daley Unveils Plan To Bring Chicago Population Back

Craig Dellimore
November 29, 2018 - 6:00 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayoral candidate William Daley said if he’s elected from a crowded field, one of his top priorities would be rebuilding Chicago’s population to 3 million residents within a decade.

Daley – a son of legendary Mayor Richard J. Daley and brother of former mayor Richard M. Daley – said Wednesday too many people have fled the city, especially African Americans.

The former U.S. Commerce secretary said Chicago could win back residents through better job opportunities and reducing crime.

That would ultimately mean more tax revenue and thriving neighborhoods and schools for the future, William Daley said in a speech to the City Club of Chicago.

As for raising revenue, Daley said nearly everything must be on the table, including casino expansion, legalized marijuana and maybe even a commuter tax.

Daley said he does not favor raising property taxes.

Chicago’s current population is 2.7 million. Daley said that's nearly a million less than the city's population peak of 3.6 million.