State lawmaker files Chicago mayor recall bill

Emanuel pension plan: Higher taxes, lower benefits

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to raise Chicago property taxes and cut city retirement benefits, to bail Chicago out of its pension debt crisis.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois state representative has introduced a plan that could allow for the recall of Chicago’s mayor.

Democratic Rep. La Shawn Ford filed legislation Wednesday outlining a lengthy process for a city special election.

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 in 2014.

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