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Interviews for Burge reparations underway

We may never know exactly how many people were tortured on the watch of former Chicago Police Department commander Jon Burge and his deputies. But two legal minds have been trying to make an honest accounting of what happened and to whom. Daniel Coyne is a clinical professor at IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law. When Chicago’s City Council voted in April to authorize a historic $5.5 million reparations package for Burge victims, Coyne was tapped to figure out who is eligible for compensation. He’s already reviewed a couple dozen applications. And David Yellen is the dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Since March 2014, he’s been the court-appointed special master in charge of reviewing possible Burge torture victims who are still in prison. We talk to them both.

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