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    A federal grand jury is demanding that Chicago's finance committee open its books on disability programs.

    Subpoenas were sent Aug. 3 to the Finance Committee, led by Ald. Edward Burke (14th), and released Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. The city inspector general last month asked to see the records related to the "duty disability" program, but he was shot down.

    The Tribune reports the program paid out $115 million to disabled city workers last year alone. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday he supports cracking down on disability fraud to save the city millions and believes the $115 million is inflated because of fraud and waste.

    The subpoenas ask for access to the duty disability program's database, as well as records dating back to January 2006 and a list of duties for those who run the program.

    Committee spokesman Donal Quinlan said in a statement to the paper that the finance committee received the subpoenas and is cooperating with the U.S. attorney's office.