CHICAGO - Chicago's chief financial officer called the $2.521 billion price a private consortium will pay to operate Midway Airport for 99 years a "good value" for the city that may not get any better even if delayed until the current international fiscal crisis subsides.

"We believe this is a good agreement for the taxpayers and people of Chicago, and given the economic outlook, we don't have any reason to believe that a better agreement could be reached next year or in the near future," Paul Volpe told Chicago City Council members at a hearing on the landmark airport concession-lease agreement held yesterday by the council's finance and aviation committees.

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