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Daley Fumes over Report about Maggie's Charity

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    Oct. 4, 2011: A report by Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson alleges the city, under Daley, required firms receiving tax increment financing (TIF) subsidies to donate money to certain non-profits groups. (Published Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011)

    Former Mayor Richard M. Daley is fuming over an Inspector General report suggesting recipients of city financial help were directed to donate money to Maggie Daley's charity, After School Matters.

    Daley on Monday called the report "disgraceful" and said it was a "personal insult to my wife." He said "no one talked to anyone" about steering donations to the charity.

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    The former mayor made his comments Monday before leading a tour of Millennium Park as part of Chicago Ideas Week.

    The Inspector General's office last week said that over a 10-year period After School Matters received $915,000 in contributions from companies that received city subsidies.

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    But Inspector General Joe Ferguson said that neither Maggie Daley nor the charity were at issue.

    “Instead, the report lays bare the simple fact of a near total absence of transparency, accountability, or ownership in the city’s process for leveraging TIF subsidies to the benefit private not-for-profits,” Ferguson said in a statement.