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Reparations proposal heads to vote

There’s an unprecedented ordinance that the outgoing Chicago City Council will take up this week. It would give monetary reparations and more to victims of torture under former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his officers. WBEZ’s Katie O’Brien has the story. In addition to the proposed $5.5 million reparations fund for dozens of torture victims connected to Burge, the proposal also includes that victims and their families receive free tuition at the City Colleges of Chicago, free counseling for psychological and substance abuse and a formal apology. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has backed this plan. In 1982, the late attorney Ronald Samuels and the Cook County Bar Association organized hearings on the conduct of the Chicago Police Department in what we now know as the Jon Burge Case. Attorney Samuels’ daughter, journalist Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, joins Morning Shift to discuss her father and his colleagues fight for justice for the torture victims, and torture survivor Mark Clements shares his story. (Flickr/826 PARANORMAL)

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