Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel presented his proposed 2013 budget to City Council today. Last year aldermen passed the mayor's budget 50-0 following a few minor changes. This year, however, aldermen might have a more specific and politically potent objection: The budget does not allocate enough money for Chicago Police Department personnel.
A few aldermen told the Sun-Times today that given the retirement of police officers and a higher homicide rate this year compared to last the city should hire at least 1,000 new officers. Emanuel has proposed adding 500 officers and says that the city has done what it needs to keep pace with retirements.