How much is Chicago paying for police bodyguards to protect aldermans?
I want to know the names and positions of all of the Chicago city employees and political blowhards who have their own taxpayer-funded protection detail. Yesterday, we learned one alderman has had two officers assigned to him 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 25 years.
A quick read through the Wikipedia entry for Burke indicates no other aldermans have a taxpayer-funded protection detail, but the more I read about Chicago, the more I think episodes of Chicago Code are non-fiction.
City leaders are blaming the “problem” on a court order that mandates the protection due to some death threats that happened decades ago during some sort of city council feud. From ABC 7 News in Chicago.
Chicago Alderman Ed Burke says he will not give up his six-man bodyguard protection detail unless the courts tell him to do so.
Of course not … not his responsibility to suggest or demand a change.
The order was issued in 1986 during the so-called “Council Wars” when Burke received dozens of death threats.
Over two decades later, he still has 24-hour protection including six cops covering three eight-hour shifts at taxpayer expense.
To his credit, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the protection detail could not continue. Let’s see if anybody actually does something about it.
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