Emanuel Calls New Police, Fire Academy 'No-Brainer,' But Protests Persist

Steve Miller
November 16, 2018 - 5:29 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Emanuel and other city leaders on Friday announced what they call "the next stage" in bringing a new, but controversial, police and fire training academy to the West Side.

Mayor Emanuel spending the necessary tens of millions of dollars to buy property and build a new police and fire academy is the right thing to do.

He called it a “no-brainer.”

But outside the West Side church where the mayor touted the decision to work with a company called AECOM on design and construction, there were protesters and counter-protesters.

"They've been killing us forever," one protester said.

"But there's a new day," a woman said.

The alderman of the ward -- Emma Mitts of the 37th -- is behind the decision to build a police and fire academy there. She said she doesn't mind the protesters.

"I'm used to it because I had protesters when I did Walmart,” she said.
“Everybody isn't going to agree with you on everything."