Another Reason for 4 - 2
Here's why the last one matters most:
After hiring only 46 Chicago Police officers all year, Mayor Daley acknowledged Monday that the slowdown would continue in 2010, dramatically impacting the city's ability to fill 591 police vacancies.
"We will be filling them, but not at a faster rate," the mayor said after announcing unrelated budget moves.
Daley was noncommittal when asked whether Chicago could afford to hire any police officers -- beyond the 80 whose salaries will be paid by federal stimulus funds -- and still honor his promise to hold the line on all taxes, fines and fees.
The next step is shutting down a district or two to alleviate next year's shortages.
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