Chicago police will be checking South Side motorists for violations starting Friday.
Lincoln Park's 2013 ended with two reported violent crimes a few blocks from each other.
Budget Director Alexandra Holt said overtime adds flexibility and puts more police on the street.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said legal woes halted Fire Department hires, but police OT was a deliberate decision.
"These officers are right here, right now," said police Supt. Garry McCarthy to justify overtime.
Aldermen back police officers in their pursuit of retroactive pay raises in any new contract.
The City Council's Public Safety Committee chairman noted that the city is already hiring new officers.
Ald. Bob Fioretti said he doesn't see how the 2014 budget debate will lead to more cops on the street.
Police were urging South Side residents to remain vigilant after several break-ins and robberies.
Police are seeking information on a group of men robbing people in July.
The police department announced plans to revamp its website and make reporting crimes easier.
Gang member sought revenge for the death of his brother with April 28 shooting, prosecutors said.
Emanuel's top spokeswoman defended the mayor, who only "sends dead fish," she said.
Accused in what police say is a "gang-related" murder, Robert Easter was found guilty of animal cruelty.
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