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Chicago cops pick Michael Shields as new union president

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Chicago cops and retirees have voted to install Officer Michael Shields as the next president of the Fraternal Order of Police, according to election results announced Friday.

Shields said he received 54 percent of the votes. Four other candidates also ran for president, he said.

Shields, 33, is a trustee of the police officers’ pension fund. In January, he voted for former Cmdr. Jon Burge to keep his pension.

Burge was sentenced to more than four years in prison for lying to federal authorities in connection with allegations that he tortured suspects. The state is now suing to try to stop Burge’s pension.

But Shields first made a name for himself with rank-and-file members in 2009 when — as a pension fund trustee — he questioned an earlier decision by the police pension board to commit $15 million to DV Urban Realty, a real-estate firm involving Robert Vanecko, a nephew of Mayor Daley, and Allison Davis, a mayoral supporter whose law firm once employed Barack Obama.

The pension fund investments with Vanecko and Davis were first disclosed by the Chicago Sun-Times in 2007.

“This isn’t the friends and family program of the mayor,” Shields said in 2009.

Shields succeeds FOP President Mark Donahue, who served three terms and was not eligible to run again.

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