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Bill To Recall Mayor Rahm Emanuel Introduced In Springfield

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Dec 10, 2015 3:50PM

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has adamantly said he won't resign from office, even as (figurative) calls for his head and evidence of entrenched misconduct within Chicago's police force continue to mount.

A state rep is now saying Emanuel might have no choice but to step down, if a new piece of legislation calling for a special city election to recall the mayor makes it past state lawmakers.

The proposal, filed by Democratic Rep. La Shawn Ford Wednesday, would initiate a recall election if a petition can get at least 15 percent of the total number of voters who voted in the previous mayoral race to sign on. Challengers to the mayor would need 12,500 signatures to get on the special election ballot, according to Fox.

This bill may be just a pipe dream. If it passes it would be "effective immediately." But to succeed, it must first win approval in the state House and Senate.

A new automated poll of Chicago voters from Ogden & Fry found that more than half of Chicagoans believe the mayor should resign. It also found that over 60 percent of Chicagoans polled don't believe the mayor when he says he didn't watch the disturbing dashcam video of a Chicago cop fatally shooting teenage Laquan McDonald before it was released last month.