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City Council Holding Special Meeting Friday On Looting, Violence In Chicago

Mayor Lori Lightfoot at first pushed back against the meeting, but it will be held starting Friday morning.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot answers questions at a press conference on March 20 in Chicago.
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CHICAGO — City Council will have a special meeting Friday to address looting and violence in Chicago.

The meeting will start 10 a.m. and will be streamed online.

Alds. Anthony Beale, Leslie Hairston, Ray Lopez and Anthony Napolitano called for the meeting earlier this week, saying they want aldermen to vote on a resolution that would call for a state of emergency to be declared and ask for the Illinois National Guard to be deployed in Chicago for at least four months.

If the resolution is passed, it would not actually declare a state of emergency in Chicago.

The aldermen also want city officials to address recent looting and vandalism in Chicago.

Last week, the Loop and nearby communities saw looting, gunfire and damage after police shot a 20-year-old man in Englewood. There was also looting in more residential communities, though it was not as widespread.

And there was prolonged looting in late May and early June amid protests over police killing George Floyd in Minneapolis. It started Downtown before spreading to residential communities, where buildings were burned and stores burglarized.

Lightfoot pushed back against the proposed meeting earlier this week, but her office announced late Thursday she will preside over the meeting.

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