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CHICAGO (CBS) — While Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first city budget includes layoffs, budget cuts, and higher fees and fines, it also includes rewards for some mayoral aides.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports, the Chicago Sun-Times says Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff is in line for a 9 percent pay raise, which will drive his salary up to almost $203,000 per year.

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A 9 percent pay hike is also in order for the newly-appointed deputy commissioner in the Fire Prevention Bureau, who will make about $179,000, the Sun-Times reported.

The bureau was recently hit with a scandal in which its 54 firefighters were accused of falsifying their mileage expenses so they could be reimbursed for driving their own cars to inspections. The Fire Department moved to fire them all, but later decided only to fire a fraction of them.

Meanwhile, the Police Department is closing three district stations, consolidating its five detective areas into three, and combining a few functions with the Fire Department.

But the chief of staff to Supt. Garry McCarthy will get a raise of nearly 10 percent to about $185,000, while the new director of News Affairs will get a 9 percent raise to about $112,000 per year, the Sun-Times reported.

Others who are receiving raises include Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein, whose pay will go up nearly 8 percent to $169,500; General Services Commissioner David Reynolds, who will get a 12 percent hike to about $157,000; and Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs director Matt Hynes, who will get a 7 percent raise to about $169,000; and an administrative secretary in the mayor’s office, who gets a 22 percent raise to $90,000, among others, the Sun-Times reported.

The mayor’s office tells the Sun-Times many of the bumps up in salary are not really pay raises, but adjustments based on new hires.

Meanwhile, the budget slashes 510 middle or senior managers for a savings of $34 million, and cuts 776 vacant positions.

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