The Chicago City Council Finance Committee has approved a proposal to pay $30 million in settlements to two victims of police misconduct.
If approved by the full City Council, the city would pay a record $22.5 million to the family of Christina Eilman.
It would be the single biggest payout to a victim of police abuse in Chicago history.
The Southern California woman was arrested in 2006 after she had a bipolar breakdown at Midway Airport.
Chicago police later released her in a high-crime neighborhood where she was sexually assaulted.
She was then thrown or fell from the seventh floor of a high-rise and suffered permanent brain damage.
The committee also approved a $10.25 million settlement to Alton Logan, who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
Logan had accused a team of detectives led by former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge of covering up evidence that would have exonerated him.
City attorneys say both plaintiffs could have been awarded much more money if their cases went to trial.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who inherited the cases from Mayor, is said to support the settlements.
The city council could approve the settlements Thursday.