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                 CHICAGO  – Chicago Mayor Richard  Daley this morning urged state leaders to  compromise on a plan to provide  long-term funding for education and  other   expenses.
                 Daley  is traveling to Springfield  today to push his legislative agenda and  said he would meet individually with  Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a fellow  Chicago Democrat, and House and Senate leaders  of both  parties.
                 The  influential mayor brushed aside  suggestions that he should try to  play peacemaker between Blagojevich and  Illinois House Speaker  Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, who has rejected the  governor’s proposal  for a multi-billion-dollar “gross-receipts” tax on certain   businesses.
                 A  competing plan to boost education  funding would raise state income  and sales taxes, but Blagojevich has vowed to  veto such a  bill.
                 “I  hope there’s an attitude of just  basically compromising,” Daley told  reporters during a City Hall news  conference. “I think we (should)  set all our egos aside. Everybody’s  well-intentioned, everybody’s  there at the table. They want to do the things  that are necessary to  help the people of the state of   Illinois.”
                 Daley  said in his meetings with  state leaders he would outline his top  priorities, including cash infusions  for education and mass-transit  and passage of “common-sense” gun-control  measures. The spring  legislative session is supposed to end May 31, but  infighting among  Democrats who control the General Assembly could drag it   out.
                 Blagojevich  proposed the  gross-receipts tax earlier this year as a way to raise  money for schools and  extend medical coverage to uninsured adults in  Illinois. The plan has proven  unpopular with businesses and many  lawmakers. Daley said there appears to be  more support for an  income-tax   increase.
                 Daley  also planned to host his  city’s annual “Taste of Chicago in  Springfield” at the   capital.
                 GateHouse  News   Service