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Chicago Police and Firefighter Overtime Increasing

Chicago taxpayers spent nearly $210 million on police and fire overtime last year — and another $33.7 million on lump-sum payments to departing employees, most of them police officers, reports Chicago Sun Times.

The Fire Department spent $78.7 million through Nov. 30, a 16 percent increase from the 12-month total the year before and a more than sixfold increase from the $12.8 million spent on overtime in 2011.

A budget spokesperson said the spike was “principally driven” by 456 vacancies in the uniformed ranks and by “minimum manning requirements” in the firefighters contract.

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