Wednesday, November 13, 2013

TUNNEY BACKS 500 "MORE COPS": Alderman Is Joined By Group In City Council

DNAInfo tonight reports that 44th ward Alderman Tom Tunney is joining City Council progressives as well as Lincoln Park Alderman Michele Smith, Gold Coast Alderman Brendan Reilly, and others in proposing that next year's city budget allow for the hiring of "500 more police officers."

It is not clear if that is 500 officers in addition to the already-scheduled hiring that would keep up with next year's expected attrition or if it is a grand total of 500 officers. Semantics, you know.

The devil is always in the details, especially when politicians, police, and numbers are involved.

Taken at face value, though, we are very pleased to see Alderman Tunney stepping up to the plate with an influential group of his fellow aldermen.

We hope to learn more about the plan and see our police force grow rather than continue to shrink.

Most important to our neighborhood, though, is getting replacements for the 100+ officers that we have lost since 2012. There's another long, hot summer coming and it will be a disaster without replenishment.

We're going to pretend that this proposal isn't DOA and simply a way for the sponsors to gain political cover.
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7 comments:

  1. When is the next election? What is he up to?

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    1. Agreed. Sounds like electioneering to me.

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  2. Prepare to see your taxes increase. Someone's got to pay for the additional police.

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    1. According to the story, funds are already in the budget, but are appropriated to the Finance Dept and police overtime.

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  3. Of course Tunney back a plan for 500+ to be hired....it's Rahm through McCarthy that won't approve it. Remember, Rahm wants a 10% cut in the police budget for 2014. With the OT costs skyrocketing, they're going to cut from somewhere else.

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  4. Listen Tunney is just saying that so he looks good to his constituents in his ward.

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  5. Too little, too late, Tommy. Bye.

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