Story by 89 WLS Reporter Bill Cameron
(CHICAGO) Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to settle the Jon Burge torture cases brought by Ronald Kitchen and Marvin Reeves for $12 million. Confessions that they were involved in killing two women and three children in 1988 were beaten out of them, and they served more than 20 years each.
The total tab to settle Burge cases has risen to $83 million now, and Alderman Carrie Austin, who chairs the City Council Budget Committee, blames the investigators.
“Well, he confessed, so to hell with it,” Austin said. “Send him to the caboose! What happened to those people! Nobody even bothered to think outside of the box! Inside the box! Around the box! That they might not be guilty!”
Former mayor Richard Daley was state's attorney at the time in question, but these settlements protect him from having to testify under oath about what he knew.
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