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(NYT) — As Mayor Richard M. Daley prepares to leave office, some of his most loyal supporters are upset about the financial troubles he will leave behind and worried that the city services they have come to expect are in rapid decline.

“People are saying, ‘Where does our money go?’ ” said Tom Allen, alderman of the 38th Ward on the Northwest Side, where residents are predominantly white and middle class. “If things are going along smoothly and there’s money flowing and everybody’s life is in order, nobody pays attention to what they’re doing downtown with our money. But when things go bad, people start wondering.”

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