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The bully pulpit

Mick Dumke 23 December 2007 No Comment

He didn’t call them racists this time.

But this week Mayor Daley chastised Gold Coast opponents of a helipad Children’s Memorial Hospital wants to build as part of a new facility on Chicago Avenue east of Michigan. Some area residents have raised concerns about the safety of helicopters taking off and landing from the area, which is packed with residential and commercial high-rises. The mayor, though, insinuated that their questions were petty next to the possibility that kids could be saved, according to the Sun-Times. “So, once in a while, we have a helicopter landing. Why? To save your child — not your child, in a sense. But your child really. Another child coming from another city [who] does not have a Children’s Memorial Hospital. … We will look back in 20 years what we did with this new and wonderful hospital.”

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