Firefighters To Be Fired For Padding Mileage Expenses

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Fire Department has moved to terminate 54 firefighters accused of padding their mileage expenses, WBBM Newsradio has learned.

As Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, the move comes despite Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s assertion that dismissing the firefighters might not be cost effective.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports

The firefighters, all from the Fire Prevention Bureau, are accused of falsifying mileage so they could be reimbursed for driving their own cars to inspections.

Mayor Emanuel has said he is all for rooting out corruption – but that terminating those firefighters might cost more in the long run, since the city will have to pay for the grievance process that will result.

But now, the city is quietly moving to fire them anyway.

“They’re recommending termination for all of them but some of them already had enough time to go ahead and retire in lieu of termination,” said Gregory Boggs, president of the African-American Firefighters and Paramedics League.

Boggs says of the 54 firefighters poised to be fired, 37 are African-American.

He believes the move to fire them is the city’s way to make room for last week’s court-ordered hiring of 111 black firefighter applicants.

“I really do,” Boggs said. “I really feel this here is kind of like retaliation.”

  • ...I'm Just Sayin'

    “Louie, this looks like the beginning of a beautiful fiasco.”

  • Voice of Truth

    And who was suppose to be monitoring all of these mileage reports? That person needs to be held accountable also

  • ChicagoCitizen

    They should just suspend them for a week without pay, and move on.

    • Fed Up

      Why so they miss 2 days of work? Suspend the theives for 90 days so they miss 30 days of work and have them make restitution to the tax payers!

  • Angry Citizen

    CC- Did you miss the part about stealing and lying? Send them and others a message! Rahm knows that they will get their jobs back after an appeal, but he wants to appear that he’s a tough guy.


    FIRE THEM!!!! We do not get forgiven for things like that. No one should walk on water no matter who you work for!!!!! Publicize their names just like you publicize criminals life out in the media!!!!

  • ChicagoCitizen

    Damn, you people are brutal!

  • tom Sharp

    Hey CC: Just what makes you tick? Every time a scandal is reported you end up defending the guilty, e.g., corrupt, over-paid alderman, crocked cops, nitwit legislators, etc. .You must be a city hall patronage bum yourself. Time to grow up!

  • Linda

    Rahm should start with the state, city and county workers who pad their sick days, overtime and vacations to overly pad their pensions, that is outrageous and needs to be dealt with retro-actively.

  • g-man

    Hey afro firefighter uniion rep—-you are a moron—–The white man did not make those black guys and girls steal from the city—-so stop playing the race card every time a black gets caught doing something illegal !!!!

  • time marches on

    g-man,hes not a union the article!!

    “Boggs, president of the African-American Firefighters and Paramedics League.”

    • g-man

      He is still a moron for playing the race card !!!! Union —-League—-Fraternity–“Brotherhood”—–whatever

  • walt

    just like Obie crooked to the core its the chicago way (politics)

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