Protesters Expected Outside Chicago City Council Meeting Today

Craig Dellimore
May 23, 2018 - 8:39 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago City Council has a full agenda and will likely attract protesters Wednesday as well. 

The full City Council is expected to approve plans for the Barack Obama Presidential Center. Activist and one-time Alderman Shirley Newsome spoke in favor before the Zoning Committee on Tuesday.

"There is the need for additional transportation, for improvements with the infrastructure, of course, there will be jobs and other entrepreneurial opportunities," Newsome said.

"In the whole history of Chicago, the 44th President, the only other president that has a library not in Chicago, but in the state of Illinois, is Abraham Lincoln, wow it's a no-brainer," said Alderman Daniel Soliz, who chaired the Zoning Committee.

One Alderman did vote no. 

Chicago Police Union members, are expected to protest here, frustrated with what they say is disrespect from Mayor Emanuel. Also expected, demonstrators who oppose putting a new police and fire academy on the West Side though funding for the project is likely to be approved.

During the meeting there may be tributes to the late Alderman Wilson Frost and the very much alive Alderman Michael Zaleski, who’s retiring.