CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several Chicago aldermen are offering what they call a reparations package for the victims of torture under the city's former police commander, Jon Burge.
The city said Tuesday that the package will include an apology, a $5.5 million fund and city services, such as job training and tuition for victims and their families.
The package will be introduced to the Chicago City Council on Wednesday. Emanuel says the package is an effort to "bring this dark chapter of Chicago's history to a close."
Attorneys for Burge torture victims say the package will help remove the stain of police torture from the city's conscience.
Burge was released from a halfway house in February after serving 4 ½ years for lying about the torture of suspects.