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Video: Reporter urges Chicago officials to reconsider firefighter contract

The reporter made the plea on the same day as Capt. Herbert Johnson's funeral

By FireRescue1 Staff

CHICAGO — Video shows a veteran Chicago news reporter making a plea with city officials to reconsider a contract with Chicago firefighters.

CBS Chicago's Walter Jacobson took a break from his usual political analysis to talk about Chicago Fire Capt. Herbert Johnson, whose funeral was Thursday.

"We owe his memory, and his fellows, some payback — and the respect of a new contract. They've been saving lives without a contract for four and a half months," Jacobson said.

Jacobson said that City Hall, by "skimping on a contract" are aiming to take away firefighter clothing allowance and holiday pay.

Capt. Johnson died last week while fighting a house fire.

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Matt Stater Matt Stater Friday, November 09, 2012 2:16:49 PM Well said Mr. Jacobson!
John R Eeten John R Eeten Friday, November 09, 2012 5:54:58 PM Mr. Jacobson, Tthis was the best comentary I have heard from you in the roughly twenty some years I have occassionally worked with you, Thank you, and I hope you do not mind if I send this out to as many people I know. Thank you again, sir//!

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