Video: Reporter urges Chicago officials to reconsider firefighter contract

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

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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