Mayors across the state have joined forces in hopes of getting relief from their own soaring police and fire pension costs if the Legislature moves to help Chicago.
Their involvement creates both opportunities and complications for Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he tries to finish what he started with fixes to the pension funds of city municipal workers and laborers.
The opportunity is that Emanuel can expect to have most of those mayors—Democrat and Republican—in his corner next time as he lobbies legislators on police and fire pensions.
The complication is that he also could find every current and retired police officer and firefighter in the state converging on Springfield to oppose him.
The same dynamic was not in play when Emanuel asked legislators earlier this month to help him fix the pension plans for the city’s civilian work force.
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