Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has issued a response to the bill proposed in the state legislature Wednesday that would create a process to recall the Windy City's mayor.
"We understand there's a desire by some to insert politics into this discussion, but the mayor's focus is not on his own personal politics," mayoral spokesman Adam Collins said via a statement. "His focus is on the residents of this city and finally and fully addressing the issue of police accountability, which has challenged Chicago for decades. He is energized by the challenge in front of us, and committed to driving real solutions for our city."
On Wednesday, State Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) introduced a bill in the state legislature that would create a way for the mayor of Chicago to be recalled. The state legislature, which is not in session, will not be able to vote on the bill until next month.
Under the bill, (HB 4356), a recall petition for the mayor could be submitted if the number of signatures equals at least 15 percent of the total number of votes in the preceding mayoral election, which would be a total of 88,609 to recall Emanuel. Additionally, at least 50 signatures from residents in each of the city's 50 wards would be required on the recall petition.
The proposal came the same day that Emanuel issued an apology for the Laquan McDonald shooting in a special meeting of the City Council. However, the mayor's apology had no effect on hundreds of protesters who took to Chicago's streets for a walkout and hours-long rally calling for his resignation Wednesday. Additional protests were held this morning and are scheduled to take place later this afternoon.
Check back with Progress Illinois for coverage of today's press conference and protest on police brutality in Chicago.