Chicago’s City Council is poised to pay another $4.5 million dollars to settle police misconduct. Officials have raised concern over a Chicago nonprofit that contracts with the federal government to hold immigrant children. Plus, a stretch along Congress Parkway is set to be renamed for an African American journalist and anti-lynching advocate.
The City Council is taking up these issues and more Wednesday at its monthly meeting. Morning Shift talks to 6th Ward Ald. Roderick Sawyer and Ald. Ricardo Munoz, 22nd, who just announced that he would not seek reelection in February.
On reforms to the police department the aldermen want to see
Ald. Ricardo Munoz: We need to increase the number of police officers to reduce overtime, so that the wear and tear on our men and women in the police force is reduced, and the training has to be better.
On job training programs
Ald. Roderick Sawyer: There’s lots of jobs here in the Chicagoland area, but unfortunately a lot of people aren’t trained for the positions that are currently available. So if we give people access to training in Chicago--it shouldn’t have to be...somewhere in the remote suburbs, it should be right here in the city. When they have the opportunity to train up, get these jobs...they will change their life.
GUESTS: Ald. Roderick Sawyer, 6th ward
Ald. Ricardo Munoz, 22nd ward
Ald. Ricardo Munoz Won’t Seek Re-Election (NBC Chicago 7/23/18)
Congress Parkway — not Balbo — will be renamed for Ida B. Wells (Chicago Sun-Times 6/26/18)
Aldermen sign off on $4.5M in settlements tied to police wrongdoing (Chicago Sun-Times 7/23/18)