Following the "successful" sale of the city's parking meters and the persistent rumors of possibly leasing out their water system, Mayor Daley admitted that Chicago is considering leasing out other important city services.
Items considered up for sale include the city's network of streets, the air, and the city government in general.
"With the economy the way it is, you know, you gotta do what you gotta do. And if that includes selling our air supply to a company in Bangladesh, well then there you go. Times are tough," claimed Daley at a recent press conference overlooking beautiful Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.
He continued, "Hey, what, you think these big fucking silver bean things pay for themselves?"
One of the proposed deals meant to balance the city budget would be leasing out the entire city government to a Swedish firm.
"You ever been to Ikea?" asked Daley. "That place runs like clockwork. And I'm not just saying this because they may or may not be buying the city government, but they have some sharp looking stuff there. Of course, I had a table from there once that snapped in half, but hey, nothing's perfect right? You want a quality table, buy a quality table. What are we talking about again?"
The public's response has been less than enthusiastic. Homeowner Eric Fowler could only shake his head.
"Jesus Christ," he said when asked for a response. "Jesus Christ."
"Hey, you know, that's the way the world works these days," replied Daley, when asked if selling off literally everything the city has to offer would negatively impact Chicago residents. "Don't blame me. Blame Rio, or those fucking jagoffs from Denmark."