Embattled president of Chicago police union officially leaves department -- with union position unchanged
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President John Catanzara departs Chicago police headquarters after filing for retirement on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. - Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS

CHICAGO — John Catanzara officially retired from the Chicago Police Department on Tuesday, his attorney announced, 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. Lawyer Tim Grace confirmed Catanzara’s departure at a status hearing of the Chicago Police Board, where the controversial union figure faced a hearing for allegations of making numerous inflammatory social media statements as well as naming high-ranking command staff in arrest reports. It effectiv...