After years of resistance, a Chicago alderman’s plan to shed more light on the largely secretive work of the city’s police discipline review board gained momentum this week, reports the Chicago Tribune. Under Robert Fioretti’s proposal, the votes of the nine-member Police Board would have to be posted online within 10 days. The board also would have to list the rationale behind its decisions, as well as the reasons members voted against rulings.
“For far too long the decisions have remained without reasons,” said Fioretti. “Two people who were charged with the same offense, one would receive a few days suspension, and the other one could be up to a year, two years.” The changes are expected to take place this fall. Fioretti first proposed similar changes two years ago, but never got enough fellow aldermen to back his efforts. New Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has talked about the importance of government openness, was receptive.