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Daley to ask feds for money to hire cops
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Published: 6/30/2009 12:00 AM

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Mayor Richard Daley says Chicago will ask the federal government for $106 million so the police department can hire 400 officers.

The request for federal stimulus money comes at a time when hiring at the department has slowed to a crawl because of struggling economy. The number of officer vacancies has climbed to more than 400 and the union says it could climb to 800 by the end of the year.

One concern is that in order to get the money the city must agree to keep officers on the payroll -- at city expense -- for at least one year after the three-year grants expire. But Daley says he's confident the city will be on more solid financial footing by then because the national economic picture should also be much improved.