Chicago Fire Department on pace to exceed OT budget
Chicago's fire department is on pace to spend more than twice its overtime budget this year.
The radio station says the overtime could reach $43 million, well above the $20 million budgeted by the mayor's office.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants the city council to approve a $575.7 million budget for the department in 2014. That includes about $35.4 million in overtime, a 77 percent increase from this year.
Department spokesman Larry Langford says part of the overtime is because the agency hasn't been able to train new recruits in recent years because of a lawsuit.
Police are on pace to spend $93 million in overtime this year, mostly because of a program that floods the city's most violent neighborhoods with police.
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