CHICAGO
10/25/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Daley To Meeks: Don't Bring Protest To Playoffs

Mayor Daley on Wednesday urged state Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) not to rain on the Cubs parade -- by having 6,000 protesters ring Wrigley Field during next week's opening playoff game to call attention to the school funding disparity between rich and poor districts.

"We waited 100 years for the Cubs to get in. You shouldn't disturb them. I really believe that. They've been very helpful [by contributing to] a lot of programs. This is their day," said Daley, a die-hard White Sox fan.

"It doesn't do any good in the long run. People are getting tired of it. Everybody knows the inequity. We've been talking about it for a long time. This is nothing new. I don't know why you're finally writing about it now. It's just a waste of time for the children. If he wants to do that, so be it. [But], those kids should be in school and tutoring programs."

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