Taxpayers Ought to Know
Is this coming out of the Obama "transition" budget or out of taxpayer's wallets?
- The effort to secure President-elect Barack Obama's transition office in Chicago could cost the city close to $1 million, according to a Tribune analysis.
The Chicago Police Department is staffing the area around the Kluczynski Federal Building this week with officers from police headquarters and the training division. But beginning next week, the department plans to assign newly hired officers to work the details as "special employment" on their days off, said Monique Bond, spokeswoman for the department. The officers will receive time-and-a-half pay, she said.
That overtime tab would run upward of $890,000, with 60 officers covering three shifts and a sergeant for one shift, if all of the officers and the sergeant were at the city's lowest pay grades, according to a Tribune analysis.
Especially in these trying economic times. A campaign that raised as much as they did, much from questionable sources, ought to be paying it's own way at this point.
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