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Cubs World Series championship cost Chicago $18.8M in overtime, records show

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:47 p.m. CDT
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(David J. Phillip)
Chicago Cubs' Ben Zobrist celebrates with his MVP trophy after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

CHICAGO – Records show Chicago spent $18.8 million in worker overtime during the Cubs' World Series title run.

The Chicago Sun-Times obtained the records through a public records request. The paperwork shows the city spent the money on public safety, traffic management and street cleanup. The Chicago Cubs won the championship after a 108-year drought. Chicago officials say the city will cover the tab, not the Cubs.

Most of the Cubs-related overtime went to the Chicago Police Department, or about $17.2 million – $14.7 million during the World Series. Records show Chicago paid about $843,000 for the Office of Emergency Management and Communications and $743,000 for Streets and Sanitation.

The rally and parade celebrating the Cubs' win cost more than $2.5 million in police and streets and sanitation overtime.

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