The Obama stimulus plan - the largest spending bill in American history and, hey, maybe world history - was purportedly designed to jump-start the economy by creating jobs and sparking economic activity.
The CPD is in line for $20 million that has become available because three suburban police departments - Harwood Heights, Calumet Park, and Stone Park - didn't qualify for the money. They were bad.
Harwood Heights is alleged to have previously misspent $362,000 in community policing funds. Calumet Park is alleged to have misspent $37,500 - including a trip to Disney World for village officials. And Stone Park apparently had some "bookkeeping problems."
The suburbs won't be asked to repay the funds, though; maybe because that would be unstimulating.
Of course, the Chicago Police Department never misspends funds.
But the SUVs already arriving are already causing problems.
"[O]fficers [are] concerned after discovering gaps in the cage between the back and front seats," the Tribune has reported.
"The gaps have been covered with a heavy-duty plastic and secured with Velcro, police sources said. But some officers are concerned a detainee could still break through."
Which is good news for the Velcro and corrections industry.
Maybe this will help the economy after all.