A new bill would allow voters to recall mayors and other elected officials. The legislation is in response to multiple protests in Chicago asking Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign.
The recall law would apply only to future lawmakers, not those currently in office. Governor Bruce Rauner stated this week he would sign the bill, and that he was disappointing in how Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez handled the Laquan McDonald case.
McDonald was shot and killed by a Chicago Police officer who was later charged with murder after video evidence showing the shooting was released. That video, however, was kept under wraps for more than a year.
Right now, 19 states and the District of Columbia allow recalls for state and local officials.