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Mayor: Approval of Burge victims fund a step toward 'removing a stain'

Mayor: Approval of Burge victims fund a step toward 'removing a stain'

In a dramatic moment Wednesday, the Chicago City Council rose to acknowledge victims of torture at the hands of former police Cmdr. Jon Burge before approving a $5.5 million reparations package that Mayor Rahm Emanuel said shows Chicago is willing to deal with the dark chapter in its history.

Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno read a roll call of torture victims he said were on hand at the council meeting, and as the men and their relatives stood in the gallery, aldermen turned and gave them an ovation.

"This is truly an historic day for Chicago, for this City Council and most importantly for the victims of some horrific behavior that happened right here in...

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