IG Report Reveals Ald. Tunney’s Barrage of Questions For Police

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) at November 2011 19th District closure community meeting. Credit: Sarah Tilotta

During city budget hearings Alderman often submit lists of sharp questions to city departments. As department heads angle for funds for their programs, it is the best time for city legislators to get details on how the city is working.

Normally those questions and their answers are not made available to the public, but this year the Chicago Inspector General requested copies of those written questions and answers and released them to the public on Monday.

Questions came from 18 different Alderman, but Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) asked the most, with 17 questions to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. [A copy of the IG's report can be found at the bottom of this article.] Among the responses to Tunney and other aldermen:

  • The merged 23rd and 19th district will have 476 officers.
  • The average response time in 2010 for a domestic disturbance or burglary in progress was 6.2 minutes.
  • In 2010 had 12,365 sworn officers received their annual uniform allowance check but only 7,047 officers were actually assigned to work a beat.
  • Chicago had the 3rd highest number of police officers per capita in the United States, only below Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland.

2011 IG Report on Ald. Questions for Chicago Police

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