Battle Shaping Up Between Chicago Mayor, Firefighters

CHICAGO, IL &#8211 Nearly four months after losing the hero fire commissioner who championed their cause, Chicago firefighters finally know what cost-cutting concessions Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking when their contract expires on June 30. In a plan the firefighters union calls “insulting” and “ridiculous,” Emanuel is taking aim at such treasured union perks as […]

Baltimore considering placing ads on city fire trucks

A Baltimore City Council committee approved a measure Tuesday that would allow advertisements to be placed on fire trucks to help support the department — and potentially prevent the closure of some fire companies. Firefighters and community leaders backed the bill, sponsored by West Baltimore Councilman William “Pete” Welch, expressing hope that the ad revenue […]

Oregon county begins dismantling its sheriff’s office in response to defeat of tax levy

The dismantling of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is under way. Last week, the department shut down its major crimes unit, saying current, unsolved cases have been transferred to the district attorney’s office. The records division, which handled non-emergency calls and reports, closed as well. There’s more to come as the department shrinks in reaction […]