Mayor Opens the Door?
- Mayor Daley today defended his decision to pay a record-high $300,000 — $83,790 more than the mayor’s salary — to the career FBI agent he has chosen to clean up the Chicago Police Department.
Today, the mayor came to an unrelated City Hall news conference armed with the salaries of suburban and other big-city police chiefs. Asked about Weis, Daley pulled the list out of his pocket and read the salaries aloud to justify his claim that the police superintendent’s current salary is too low.
“Highland Park: $126,00 for a police chief. How many people live there? [31,365]. Lake Forest: $119,000. Barrington: $113,000. Los Angeles: $300,000,” the mayor said.
Hey, don't blame us. The mayor brought it up. And if he can compare salaries around the city, county, state and nation, it'd be irresponsible for us to not compare the rules and regulations governing officers in those same jurisdictions and why a state law that only applies to Chicago police officers removes one of the most basic freedoms - the freedom to choose where to live.
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