CHICAGO -- Before Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting, there was a lot of action behind the scenes.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel revised his plan for the $15 million in leftover property tax rebate money.
A number of aldermen spoke out against Emanuel's plan to spend half a million dollars of the unused money to plant trees.
One alderman slammed the plan calling it "tone deaf."
Negotiations turned ugly and went public when Alderman Raymond Lopez presented his own plan for the money.
Recounting a conversation with the mayor, Lopez told the Chicago Tribune:
"He just said why am I (expletive) with him?' with what he was trying to do…I don't think he was anticipating me coming up with my own ordinance to try to spend the money differently."
A large bloc of aldermen demanded that the money be used to fight violence particularly the surge in shootings on the South and West Sides.
The mayor changed the plan and now has that cash slated for crime-fighting technology.
This compromise easily passed the council by a vote of 35 to 10.
Ald. Roderick Sawyer, 6th Ward, praised the mayor's decision.
"I'm happy that they got off the tree portion," Sawyer said. "I would've liked that we would've gotten more money for anti-violence initiatives. The mayor did make a separate commitment for another $1 million for anti-violence efforts, but again, it doesn't go far enough.
City Council approved other measures today, including: Expanded Chicago Police Training, Renovation and Expansion of Midway Concessions and approved a new commissioner of Department of Business Affairs and Corporation Counsel, Edward Siskel.