Also on Wednesday, a Chicago alderman - Edward Burke - introduced a resolution that calls for hearings on the concept of a "congestion fee". The idea is to charge a fee to drivers in downtown Chicago. Said Burke:
Can it reduce pollution? Can it reduce traffic? Can it raise a revenue stream to help out the beleaguered CTA? It's certainly a very complicated issue and one that should not be rushed into. But I thought that as long as London is doing it, as long as New York is [proposing] it, perhaps it is an idea that Chicago ought to consider.
Mayor Daley hasn't come out against, nor is he actively supporting it. He is calling for careful consideration of the idea, though.