Chicago City Council calls on Lightfoot to release report on botched Little Village implosion

Chicago City Council calls on Lightfoot to release report on botched Little Village implosion

CHICAGO — The Chicago Metropolis Council is urging Mayor Lori Lightfoot to launch a watchdog’s report on actions main as much as the botched 2020 implosion of a coal plant smokestack that left Little Village lined in mud.

The council permitted the non-binding decision with out debate Wednesday after the Committee on Well being and Human Providers voted in favor of it final week.

In January, town’s inspector basic’s workplace disclosed that regardless of a suggestion to fireplace a metropolis public well being official and reprimand two others for the debacle, nobody misplaced their job.

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Solely a brief abstract of the investigation into the demolition of the previous Crawford coal plant has been made public. Lightfoot has refused to launch the inspector basic’s report, which has infuriated Little Village group members.

“Public officers concerned within the inexperienced lighting of the implosion have to be held accountable,” Kim Wasserman, government director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Group, advised the well being committee final week. “There was a failure to guard the well being and well-being of our group.”

The decision to launch the report is sponsored by Ald. Michael Rodriguez (twenty second), who mentioned in an interview that his constituents need to know the total particulars.

Rodriguez mentioned he desires to know extra in regards to the really helpful self-discipline of metropolis officers and a solution as to why town regulation division settled with developer Hilco to pay considerably smaller fines than the $68,000 Lightfoot initially introduced shortly after the demolition mishap. The fines really paid in 2020 by Hilco have been $19,500, town confirmed final week.

Requested to remark, a metropolis regulation division spokeswoman repeated a earlier assertion by the Lightfoot administration that it will possibly’t legally launch the report, a declare some critics dispute.

(Supply: Solar-Instances Media Wire – Copyright Chicago Solar-Instances 2022.)

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