Emanuel rushed out of public meeting after crowd gets hostile

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CHICAGO —  As contentious as the first public budget meeting was on Monday, tonight’s was even worse for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The meeting was cut short after the mayor’s security rushed him off the stage and out of the building. The crowd was hostile and before the mayor’s exit, each speaker piled on angry complaint after angry complaint towards him.

There was also a vocal presence from the Dyett High School protestors who have been on a 17 day hunger strike as they seek a decision on the school’s future.

Afterwards, the mayor’s office released a statement saying:
“Tonight Mayor Emanuel held the second of three forums designed to provide residents an opportunity to share their ideas for balancing the city’s 2016 budget directly with him, and with other city leaders. As was the case with the Monday’s forum, a number of ideas were shared from TIF reform to revenue ideas to investing in child care services and violence prevention programming. A number of community members also shared their important ideas and their concerns on a range of other city issues. It is unfortunate that everyone’s voice could not be heard tonight after some attendees disrupted the forum causing it to end early. The moderator and the Mayor made a number of attempts to restart and finish the forum, and offered to meet offered to meet with demonstrators tonight, however those attempts were unsuccessful. We are committed to this process, and to ensuring residents have a voice in this budget, and we are looking forward to the final budget forum tomorrow evening.”

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