Mayor Daley's plan to slow police hiring, shrink the size of city garbage crews and lay off 929 employees by cutting basic housekeeping services came under fire from all sides today.
As the City Council opened hearings on Daley's 2009 budget, it was clear that even the mayor's most loyal aldermanic supporters are not comfortable with his solution to Chicago's worst budget crisis in a generation.
Police hiring was one of the biggest beefs.
Daley wants to save $10 million by slowing police hiring to a crawl -- with only 200 officers hired during all of 2009. With 430 sworn vacancies already and an annual attrition rate of 600, Chicago could be more than 800 officers short by the end of 2009.
"It scares us to death," said Ald. Ginger Rugai (19th), whose Southwest Side ward is home to scores of police officers and firefighters.