Chicago will partially shut-down government with the exception of essential public safety services for six days over the next two years in a move that will trim nearly $20 million off of what’s grown to a $469 million deficit in the 2009 budget, Mayor Richard Daley said yesterday.

The move to extend during certain holiday weeks the number of days city hall will be shuttered will be unveiled in the proposed 2009 budget Daley will present to the City Council this morning. The shut-down is among a series of management initiatives and cuts announced by Daley that will save about $62 million.

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