Emanuel ally facing backlash for $2.9M payout to Laquan McDonald’s family

Lightfoot, who has been working with the mayor since her 2010 City Council campaign, is facing a harsh backlash for making the $2.9 million settlement.

Chicagoland business leaders and politicians who had endorsed Lightfoot in her campaign, including the Chicago Tribune, are calling on the former prosecutor to do more to counter public anger over a pattern of “disaster succession” by Emanuel.

“People are entitled to be angry when a number like this is paid out,” state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, an early-vote backer of Lightfoot, told us. “We should hold her accountable.

“If you have a record of settlement of cases before and after, like Lori did, you have to do more to mitigate the anger for the public.”

Lightfoot has attracted national attention because she is a top candidate to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The mayor announced in November he would not seek a third term, and that’s sparked a mayoral candidate-jockeying frenzy in the Windy City.

On Friday, Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson, a former Chicago police superintendent, called on Mayor Emanuel to take corrective action.

“Once again, I’m directing him to double down, immediately cancel the practice of settlement of Police misconduct cases out of court and to provide for more training with the Police Department,” Ferguson wrote in a letter to the mayor.

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