Emanuel Likely To Keep Worker Residency Rule

CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) — Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is now all but ruling out relaxing Chicago’s residency requirements for police officer, firefighters and other city employees.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, during the mayoral campaign, Emanuel said he was willing to listen to arguments for dropping the residency requirements for city workers.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

But as part of his transition is meeting, he told reporters he has heard those requirements, and has concluded that police officers and firefighters should live in the city.

“I understand it’s their desire, but to the city, they are more than police and fire,” Emanuel said. “They are anchors in the neighborhood. They’re the Little League coaches, the hockey coaches, the volunteers at the place of worship. They are anchors in not just their block but in their community, and that’s an investment I’m not ready to turn my back on.”

In a related matter, Emanuel reiterated his praise for Philadelphia police Commissioner Charles Ramsey as a candidate for Chicago Police superintendent.

During the mayoral campaign, Emanuel and opponent Gery Chico responded to a Fraternal Order of Police questionnaire by saying they were open to letting police officers live outside the city.

Chico focused far more on the issue than Emanuel, saying the city has outgrown the need for a residency requirement to prevent an exodus of the middle class.

Chico won the endorsement of the Chicago FOP and the firefighters’ union, but did not capture enough of the vote on Election Day to force Emanuel into a runoff.

Mark Donahue, the president of the Chicago FOP, said last month that he has tried for the past few years to get the law changed so Chicago Police could go to the bargaining table with the city and negotiate over whether police could officers live in the suburbs. Donahue says the FOP will make that legislative push again this session.

  • john

    I guess that the Mayor is NOT an employee of the city . Any city employee who moved and rented out their Chicago home would be fired. Not the Mayor?

    • jesse jr.

      john when rahm moved he was not a CITY EMPLOYEE



  • StupidPeopleFTW

    What a stupid law… I can only imagine if I told people ‘Your resume is perfect, your experience and references are impeccible, but you dont live in the same suburb, so I’ll give your job to the less qualified guy that lives closer.” That would be illegal in almost any other job hiring process… Hell, they’ll even fire you for moving. How is this legal in this country?

    • max

      they give you enough time to find a place in the city.

  • N Linton

    I agree with current residency requirements. Work for the City live in the City.

  • John

    Pot calling the kettle black. Can’t these union employees go before the same judges and use the same argument that Emanuel used to become Mayor. “We intended to live here”.

  • ron

    John, I don’t think any Mayor of Chicago has lived outside of the city while being Mayor.

  • ron

    Btw, StupidPeopleFTW, your critical thinking skills are lacking. By your logic, the President of the United States shouldn’t have to live in D.C. These are emergency personnel we’re talking about and they’re not just working for some random company. These people are here to serve the city of Chicago and if they want to live in the suburbs then they should go work for the suburbs. Instead of wasting their time going over this issue over and over again, they should try and work with the city to improve neighborhoods and help make the city an easier and more affordable place for them to afford.

    • StupidPeopleFTW

      That’s possibly the worst analogy you could have come up with, since the President can do his job from anywhere in the world.

      If you really think that living 12 min outside of the city, somehow makes you better able to do your job than someone that lives 15 miles across the city. Then you really need to check those ‘critical thinking skills’. People will continue moving out of the city, as they’ve been doing for decades, and the city will keep the leftovers.

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