The Chicago City Council is scheduled to vote on the 2009 budget later today. The proposal cuts seventeen million dollars from the police department's payroll.
The department will lose almost 250 "civilian positions," people like clerks and IT staff. But the ranks of sworn officers will also take a hit. As they retire, they won't be replaced as quickly. A spokesperson for the city's budget department says that may add up to about a hundred officers over the course of the year and savings of about $10 million.