Chicago aldermen plan to hold additional public meetings on police reform as the city council weighs proposals to overhaul the city's police accountability systems, including the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA).
During two city council subject matter hearings this week on proposed police reforms, community members urged aldermen to complete a more thorough public engagement process before approving legislation.
Alds. Carrie Austin (34th) and Ariel Reboyras (30th), the respective chairmen of the Budget and Public Safety Committees, said four more meetings will be held across Chicago this month in the evening hours. Aldermanic subcommittees will hold the meetings on the city's North, South, West and Southwest Sides and craft a report based on the public's input. After the additional community meetings, a joint city council committee is expected to regroup to work on legislation, Reboyras said.
Chicago aldermen with the Progressive Reform Caucus also plan to hold a series of public meetings on police reform and accountability. The caucus' first town hall meeting will be held July 21 at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Boulevard. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.