City Council OKs Police-Fire Academy After Ugly Meeting

Steve Miller
May 25, 2018 - 3:25 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago City Council on Friday approved plans for a $95 million police and fire academy -- a project some vocal critics opposed as wasteful.

The presence of protesters made for a raucous meeting, which ended in a 39-2 vote. Opposing Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th, used a parliamentary maneuver Wednesday to postpone a vote, setting the stage for Friday's showdown between the Emanuel Administration and demonstrators who said the money for the complex would be better spent on neighborhoods and schools.

Cosette Hampton, a resident of the Roseland area, spoke at the council meeting against the academy: "Respect our voices and hear us. The more you commit to following Rahm Emanuel in your voting, the more we will fight to make sure you follow him out of the door in 2019."

Mayor Emanuel said the police and fire academy, which will be built on the West Side, is part of a broader strategy to invest money in areas of the city that have been neglected. Many other aldermen shared that view.