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NATO Overtime Cost Chicago More Than $18 Million



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    Hundreds of protesters, many affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement, demonstrate on the second day of the Nato summit.

    Chicago’s Inspector General Joe Ferguson says the City of Chicago spent almost $19 million on overtime for city employees during the NATO Summit last May. 

    In addition, over $600,000 was spent borrowing officers from three municipalities to help with security. 

    Ferguson says in total, the city spent $27.4 million on the NATO Summit. 

    Police overtime for the summit topped $14 million.  Another $2.7 million went to overtime for the Chicago Fire Department.  Over $600,000 was billed by the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Fleet and Facility Management. 

    Overtime at Streets and Sanitation topped $350 thousand.  CTA racked up another $309,000, with $300,000 billed by the Department of Aviation. 

    Chicago paid the Milwaukee Police Department over $265,000 for assistance.  Another $210 thousand went to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, with another $154 thousand paid to Philadelphia.

    An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the Inspector General of Chicago as Jonathon Davey.