Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday he stands by the decision to close two police district stations over the weekend and the plan to close a third in the fall.
Neighbors in several North Side communities are protesting the closing of their local police station as part of an effort by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to balance the city’s budget.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was on the hot seat at City Hall on Thursday, as aldermen demanded to know why he plans to close police stations and how he’s deploying police officers.
“We can start shaping our city’s future or let it shape us,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said as he unveiled a budget that will close three police stations, double water rates, and raise several other fees.
Closing police stations and consolidating districts is far from a new idea in Chicago, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2012 budget plan is the first time it appears to be going ahead.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is planning to raise several fines and fees imposed by the city of Chicago, while avoiding any tax hikes to balance a $600 million budget shortfall for next year. The mayor also reportedly plans to call for closing three police district stations and merge five police detective areas into three areas.
The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police is concerned about police station lobbies becoming homeless shelters in bad weather.