Report claims 'disability pays' for Chicago police

An inquiry by the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper examines payments made to officers who are on disability leave


By Tim Novak and Chris Fusco
Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — It was nearly 20 years ago when a 37-year-old Chicago cop named Charles T. Siedlecki slipped and fell while chasing a group of teenagers in Beverly, injuring his left shoulder.

Siedlecki went on disability and never returned to work for the Chicago Police Department.

Since then, his disability payments have risen to $51,672 a year. In all, he has collected more than $715,000 in disability pay — all of it tax-free.

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