CHICAGO — There was a lot of excitement this morning, when a familiar face sat down for the Chicago City Council meeting
Chance the Rapper attended the meeting to criticize a plan to build a $95 million public safety training facility on the city’s West Side.
“There’s a lot of different services that need to be funded,” he told the council. “Mental health services … obviously schooling is my big thing, but there’s a lot of ways to transform the city that don’t have anything to do with police training .”
But Mayor Rahm Emanuel missed his message. He stepped out before Chance got his three minutes to speak.
“I was actually calling my mother to wish her a happy birthday,” Emanuel said.
But Alderman Carlos Rosa heard Chance load and clear and agreed with his concerns. He was the only person to vote against it.
Despite his opposition, city council members approved spending $10 million to buy the land in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.
It’s the first step towards building a state-of-the-art training facility for police and firefighters.
“They need to have a place where they can be trained so they can better serve and protect the public,” Alderman Emma Mitts said.
This wasn’t the only issue on the table today.
Aldermen also tightened up the city’s sexual harassment policy. They agreed to hold themselves and other elected city officials accountable.
The Inspector General now has the authority to investigate sexual harassment claims.
Officials could be fined thousands of dollars.