Illinois lawmaker calls for recall of Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel

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CHICAGO  —An Illinois state representative has introduced a plan that could allow for the recall of Chicago's mayor.

The next mayoral election in Chicago isn't until 2019.  But Democratic Rep. La Shawn Ford filed legislation Wednesday outlining a lengthy process for a city special election.

Ford says that people have lost confidence in Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The proposal would allow a recall election to be initiated by a petition with signatures totaling at least 15 percent of the total votes cast in the previous mayoral election, with at least 50 signatures from each Chicago ward. Challengers would need 12,500 signatures to get on the ballot.

Ford's plan faces a difficult road, including approval from the Democratic-majority House and Senate.

There have been regular calls for Emanuel's resignation since officials released footage showing a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager, Laquan McDonald in 2014.

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