Controversial president of Chicago police union officially leaves department — while eyeing Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s job

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Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — John Catanzara officially retired from the Chicago Police Department on Tuesday, one day after the embattled head of the city’s largest police union dramatically revealed his plans to leave the department in the midst of a disciplinary case and perhaps run for mayor. Within 24 hours, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President went from the brink of an unceremonious firing to announcing he would likely seek the top political office in Chicago, a move that, if it happens, means the bombastic Catanzara’s opinions on policing and sometimes controversial views on city affairs will li…

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