Chicago politician wants cops to work on days off

A powerful Chicago alderman wants the city's mayor to 'hire back' officers to combat the city's gang problem


By Fran Spielman
Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — The City Council's most powerful alderman urged Mayor Daley on Wednesday to ask off-duty police officers to work their days off to combat gang violence akin to "urban terrorism."

Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), chairman of the City Council's Finance Committee, said Daley's plan to ease a severe manpower shortage by hiring 100 more officers will take too long and fall far short.

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