Aldermen Give Preliminary Approval Of Measure To Release Inspector General's Reports On Major Incidents

Craig Dellimore
September 12, 2019 - 10:05 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Aldermen have given preliminary approval for a measure to make public the City Inspector General’s report on major incidents.

City Council Ethics Committee Chair Alderman Michele Smith said the ordinance, proposed by Mayor Lightfoot, would allow the Corporation Counsel to release the Inspector General’s full reports on wrongdoing, naming names, but only rarely.

"This is designed to have transparency is the most serious cases, with the most compelling public interest," she said.

The report on the Laquan McDonald police killing could be released. But, 15th Ward Alderman Ray Lopez said that doesn’t go far enough. He believes all sustained reports should be released.

"If you are trying to say that it only involves murder, it only involves felonies - well that's a very narrow scope. Most city employees are not involved in murders on a monthly basis, or quarterly basis," he said.

But the committee passed the Mayor’s resolution as is. It now goes to the full council. The Fraternal Order of Police has expressed opposition to the ordinance.