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Chicago's new police superintendent said Tuesday he's looking at "everything" to make sure the city's streets are getting the officers they require.

Does that include the security detail provided to Ald. Ed Burke (14th)?  At a time when police and tax dollars are in short supply, many have criticized the practice.

"I am concerned about getting cops on the street, so I'm looking at everything we could do to get cops on the street; looking at who's driving who, who's working with who.  I sent cops out of my office, OK, so everybody is feeling the bite here," Supt. Garry McCarthy said after a news briefing about security efforts at this year's Taste of Chicago.

The Chicago Police Department has refused to provide details on the cost of Burke's security detail of six police officers.

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