Mayor won't discuss report of pay increase for cops

March 21, 2009 2:44:47 PM PDT
Mayor Richard Daley would not comment Saturday on a report that the city withdrew an offer to raise police salaries by 16 percent over five years.Daley was speaking Saturday as police Supt. Jody Weis and other officials joined him for the opening of a state-of-the-art Englewood district police station.

The environmentally friendly structure is twice the size of the 55-year-old building that replaced. It also has a community room, fiber-optics for better emergency communications, a high-tech video room and workout facilities.

As for the pay raise, Daley said the city is negotiating with police and firefighter unions.

"I cannot comment on anything involved in negotiations. We're in a serious economic crisis. Our revenue is going down, and the taxpayers are feeling the pinch," Daley said.

"I'm not involved in the negotiations. It's the unions and the city. And again, those negotiations are private. They're to be done at the negotiation table between the parties involved," said Weis.

"The city reportedly faces a possible $200 million budget deficit.