CHICAGO, IL – World leaders arriving in Chicago for the NATO Summit will be treated to a local controversy during their motorcade rides downtown, thanks to an advertising campaign bankrolled by the police union and timed to embarrass Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
On Thursday, the Fraternal Order of Police paid to put up giant red billboards on the Kennedy, Dan Ryan and Stevenson expressways that state, “Keep Chicago Safe. Hire More Police Officers.”
Similar ads are also going up on 54 CTA buses, fifteen rapid transit stations and on six digital screens across the city.
It’s not the first time that the FOP has tried to embarrass a mayor when the world spotlight was shining brightly on Chicago.
In 2010, the FOP staged a raucous protest outside City Hall timed to embarrass then-Mayor Richard M. Daley as the site selection committee for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games was arriving in Chicago for the final time. The Summer Games were subsequently awarded to Rio de Janeiro after Chicago’s embarrassing first-round flame-out.
FOP President Mike Shields was asked Thursday whether the month-long ad campaign was similarly timed to embarrass Emanuel.
From The Chicago Sun-Times.