Police officers protest Daley nephew pension investment deal
Dozens of Chicago police officers jammed a pension fund board meeting this morning to question a deal with a real estate investment firm involving Mayor Richard Daley's nephew.
In the past few months we have had a vote of no confidence for the Superintendent, a huge informational protest march at City Hall, a larger than normal turnout at the last FOP general meeting and now a packed meeting at the pension board. What has been the driving force for all this activism within the rank and file? Mayor Richard M. Daley!
The members of this department have a Superintendent that was brought in for image purposes by a Mayor that holds this department in contempt. The members of this department have been without a contract for nearly two years. The perception of impropriety exist when our grossly under funded pension monies are invested in a firm with ties to the Mayor's nephew.
In recent months, some Chicago police officers have been speaking out against the Daley administration to protest their continued lack of a new contract.
The Tribune writer is just touching the tip of the iceberg. The animosities that most members of this department feel toward the Mayor have been around long before I got on the job and they go deeper than just the lack of a contract.