07/19/2010

Off-duty Chicago cop shot outside home was set to retire

By Frank Main, Mark Konkol, Fran Spielman, and Kim Janssen
The Chicago Sun Times

Police Officer Michael Bailey was less than a month away from retirement when he ended an overnight shift guarding the mayor's home early Sunday morning.

The 62-year-old had recently developed a routine: He'd park outside his South Side home, lock his bulletproof vest in the trunk and wipe down the shiny black Buick Regal he'd bought just three weeks ago to celebrate the quieter life he was about to enjoy.

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