CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley kicked off his bid for a second full term in office yesterday, staking his campaign on a pledge to fight crime and improve the city's neighborhoods.

In announcing his candidacy, Daley also offered his credentials as a fiscal conservative, noting that "we've cut bureaucracy at city hall by 1,600 positions and held down property tax hikes for city government to less than 5% in six years."

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