Chicago City Council Approves Police, Fire Academy

Craig Dellimore
March 13, 2019 - 5:51 pm
Chicago City Hall
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Plans for a Public Safety Training Academy on the West Side won strong approval from the Chicago City Council Wednesday, despite lingering vocal opposition. 

Aldermen voted 38-8 for the training center, which will be for police officers, firefighters, paramedics and 9-1-1 center staffers.

Twenty-seventh Ward Ald. Walter Burnett supported the project and had to shout over mostly young protesters who want to see the project’s $95 million budget to be spent on community programs.

Burnett insisted people on the West side want the academy.

Sponsoring Ald. Emma Mitts, 37th Ward, said this will mean economic development for her ward. 

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa sided with protesters, and he rejected criticisms that people who don’t live on the West side shouldn’t have a say in what happens there.

He said issues of police training and accountability are matters for the whole city.

Mayor Emanuel said the facility will help fulfill what is an obligation to meet the terms of a police-reform consent decree worked out with the Illinois Attorney General's office.