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FOP Chief: Contract Finalized Within a Year

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The head of Chicago’s police union says he thinks officers will have a new contract within the next year.

Chicago officers are working off a contract that expired more than a year ago. That means Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue has one big goal.

DONAHUE: Get this, get this contract resolved as soon as possible.

Donahue says they’re a step closer to a deal after settling a work scheduling issue with the city. But obstacles, not insignificant ones, remain.

DONAHUE: Health insurance - always - wages.

Donahue expects a contract to be inked by the end of the next fiscal year. A police department spokesperson says negotiations appear to be moving forward.

I’m Sam Hudzik, Chicago Public Radio.

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