Victims of disgraced Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge would receive reparations under a new agreement reached by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City Council, and advocates of Burge torture victims.
The ordinance was sponsored by 21st Ward Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. and 1st Ward Ald. Joe “Proco” Moreno and was introduced to the City Council on October 16, 2013. The measure was referred to the Committee on Finance that November and it has been held in committee ever since. On March 4, 2014, the Finance Committee recommended the ordinance to pass by voice vote.
After Tuesday’s hearing, the ordinance is expected to be introduced at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.
The ordinance seeks a formal apology to the torture survivors, their family members, and other affected individuals and communities, as well as the creation of public memorials for the Chicago Police torture survivors.
The ordinance also solicits a minimum of $20 million to finance the provisions outlined in the ordinance, as well as directs the Corporation Counsel to take whatever legal steps are available to strip Burge’s pension.
Watch testimony from Burge torture survivor Anthony Holmes.
Watch testimony from Burge torture survivor Darrell Cannon.
View a timeline of key events in the Burge case.