Red ink has closed the city of Chicago for three days as the cash strapped Windy City attempts to lighten its financial load.
On Monday, all city agencies including sanitation, libraries, health clinics and even City Hall will be closed as workers are forced to take the three-day furlough.
The city expects to save $8.3 million while city employees stay home from work.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said President Obama might consider taking a few unpaid days himself.
"I believe it would have an enormous impact upon America," Daley said. "In other words you are telling the taxpayers that everybody is suffering and you're suffering."
Daley said he would take 15 unpaid days this year to alleviate the taxpayers of Chicago and he urged those in government positions to do the same.
"They (government) need to suck it up and feel the pain Americans have endured in the economic downturn that has seen jobs and wages slashed," he added.
Emergency services such as police, firefighters and 9-1-1 operators will stay on the job during the Chicago city workers furlough.
Source: The Chicago Sun Times