Bill Introduced to Allow Recall of Chicago’s Mayor


Upset over Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s handling of the Laquan McDonald police shooting investigation, a bill has been introduced which would reverse a law passed in 1941 and allow voters to recall the mayor.

HB4356, sponsored by Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago), would amend the ‘Revised Cities and Villages Act of 1941’ by establishing procedures to recall the Mayor of Chicago.

“We have not seen the tip of the iceberg yet,” Rep. LaShawn Ford (D) told CNN on Thursday, saying voters had lost “trust and confidence” in the mayor.

“People are hurt. People have died. People feel that they are forgotten about in the city of Chicago,” the Chicago Democrat added.

Emanuel has resisted calls to resign after the McDonald shooting video was released, prompting murder charges against the Chicago police officer who shot sixteen times.  Emanuel has said he had not seen the video before its release, something critics of the mayor doubt, since the City settled with McDonald’s family for $5 million, even before a lawsuit was filed.

In the wake of the release of the video, Emanuel fired his police chief but rebuffed calls for his own resignation.  The Justice Department is now conducting a separate probe into the conduct of the Chicago Police Department.

A recent poll of likely Chicago voters by the ‘Illinois Observer’ show 51% believe the mayor should resign.

A copy of the proposed bill can be found here.

More on Ford’s interview from CNN can be found here.

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