Chicago mayor Richard Daley revealed his Year 2000 strategy

Flanked by representatives from key city agencies, Chicago mayor Richard Daley revealed his Year 2000 strategy Thursday at a news conference at the city's Y2K Command Center.

Daley said the command center will be a communication hub to provide accurate, up-to-date information for residents and the media. Representatives from about 30 organizations, including city departments, the financial community and the FBI, will be stationed at the center, which is located at the city's 911 center. It will be staffed throughout New Year's weekend.

Additionally, Daley said he plans to hold a series of briefings on Dec. 31 and throughout New Year's weekend to keep Chicago informed.

Daley said the city is finalizing its Year 2000 contingency plan. For example, the Chicago Transit Authority plans to stop all trains a few minutes before midnight on Dec. 31 and resume the schedule a few minutes after midnight to be on the safe side.

Daley also unveiled a city poster with the slogan, "Y2K is nothing to fear," featuring preparation tips.

More information is available through the city's Year 2000 hot line and the city's World Wide Web site, www.cityofchicago.org.

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