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Rahm’s Anti-Crime Speech Leaves Aldermen, Residents Unimpressed

Aaron Cynic, Chicagoist

Mayor Rahm Emanuel outlined his plan to address Chicago violence Thursday evening to a few hundred people in a gymnasium at Malcolm X College.

“For all the things that make Chicago great, for all the things that make us proud to call ourselves Chicagoans, the violence that is happening corrodes our core,” Emanuel told the crowd. “It is not the Chicago we know and love.”

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Statement: Progressive Caucus Announces Subject Matter Hearings In Addition To Emanuel Administration’s Police Reform Community Engagement Plan

July 25, 2016

CHICAGO (July 25, 2016)–The Progressive Reform Caucus issued the following statement on Monday in response to the Emanuel administration’s announced plan for a new community engagement process around police reform and accountability:

“In June, we joined community and civil rights organizations in demanding  that the Emanuel administration pursue a comprehensive, citywide community engagement strategy on police accountability and reform, including meetings in the neighborhoods and subject matter hearings in the City Council chambers.

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A Chicago police task force says the department must acknowledge its racist past and overhaul its handling of excessive force allegations

April 13, 2016

DON BABWIN, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — A task force Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel established to look into police practices said the department must acknowledge its racist past and overhaul the way it handles excessive force allegations, as City Council members neared a final vote on Emanuel’s hand-picked choice for chief — an African-American with 27 years on the force.

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Why I Voted Against the 2016 City Budget

October 30, 2015

Chicago is facing a fiscal crisis, but it is one that can be fixed.

Last Wednesday, I voted “no” on the Emanuel Administration’s proposed 2016City budget. I did it because I have grave concerns about our city’s financial future that I feel strongly this budget failed to responsibly address. Chicago remains one of the wealthiest cities in our country, but such wealth cannot continue to be squandered. Our City Council Progressive Caucus, which I chair, has been advocating for common-sense ideas to direct some of these funds toward crucial programs and services, easing the burden on working families without selling off public assets and privatizing services and jobs that end up costing us more each year.

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Progressive Caucus Chair Waguespack, State Rep. Guzzardi Endorse Democrat Fritz Kaegi For Assessor

January 4, 2018

CHICAGO (January 4, 2018) – Fritz Kaegi, a progressive Democrat running for the Cook County Assessor’s Office, earned the endorsements of Chicago City Council Progressive Reform Caucus Chair Ald. Scott Waguespack (32) and State Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) on Thursday, intensifying the momentum of Kaegi’s campaign to unseat incumbent Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios.

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