- Chaos erupted at a town hall meeting Wednesday night.
It was supposed to be a discussion about the new budget, but when the topic of Dyett High School closing came up, protesters marched toward the stage and the mayor
The meeting with about 500 people on hand was presumably to share their ideas on cutting the city’s 2016 $233 million budget shortfall.
One by one, the mayor heard a peaceful sampling of opinion on various issues; get rid of the red light cameras and lower property taxes.
But throughout the meeting, there were loud interruptions from scores of protesters including a dozen or so hunger strikers. They are lobbying Emanuel for a new school in the building that used to house the shuttered Dyett High School.
Within minutes after demanding a meeting with the mayor, dozens of the protesters suddenly stormed the stage. It was chaos as they took over the stage and the mayor’s security detail and uniformed police rushed into the noisy confusion. In a matter of scary minutes, they were able to escort Mayor Emanuel and other city officials safely through the crowd and back stage.
Amazing restraint by the police for not joining the protesters and asking about our promised pensions.
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