Chicago is poised to eliminate the $30 entrance exam fees for the police and fire departments.
The proposal, supported by the Emanuel administration, cleared the council's Workforce Development and Audit Committee Friday. It now goes to the full city council for consideration.
The most recent police department entry exam was conducted in April, and 19,671 individuals initially registered online to take the test. Of those individuals, 5,437 did not take the exam because they never paid the fee.
Human Resources Department commissioner Soo Choi described the "drop-off" in applicants as "significant," particularly "with the Latino and black communities."
"It seems a fee is unnecessary," Choi told aldermen during Friday's committee meeting, according to DNAinfo Chicago. "It really didn't serve any purpose."