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Chicago police overtime cost about $103M in 2013

Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 12:41 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO — The city of Chicago spent more than $100 million on police overtime in 2013, including 107 officers who collected more than $50,000 each in overtime.

That's according to a Friday story in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have touted lower crime statistics, saying they've changed tactics to combat crime. That includes putting more officers in the city's most violent areas.

McCarthy has said it's cheaper for the city to pay overtime than hire more officers with full benefits.

However, some aldermen and the police union have said the overtime spending is out of control and worry about officer fatigue.

The newspaper reports the city spent $103 million on police overtime, about half of the $197 million Emanuel paid for all city workers' overtime.

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