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Chicago Urban League to Host First Community Input Session: Hiring of CPD Superintendent to be Discussed by Chicago Police Board


Paula Thornton Greear 773-451-3536 (office), 773-892-5427 (cell)

Amanda Battles 773-451-3508 (office), 773-294-2329 (cell)




Chicago Urban League Hosts First Community Input Session:

Hiring of CPD Superintendent to be Discussed by Chicago Police Board   


What:  Community members will be given the opportunity to directly address members of the Chicago Police Board as it moves to hire a new Chicago Police Department Superintendent.

The public is encouraged to share their recommendations on a variety or related topics, including candidate qualifications and attributes, the CPD’s relationship with the African American community, and strategies for police accountability. CUL will synthesize the comments and suggestions into a list of recommended actions that will be presented to the Chicago Police Board and made available for public viewing.

When:                 Tuesday, January 12, 2016 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CST. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Where:                Chicago Urban League

4510 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

Who:                   Lori E. Lightfoot, President of the Chicago Police Board

Chicago Police Board Members

Shari Runner, Interim President and CEO, Chicago Urban League

Moderator: Dometi Pongo, News Anchor, WVON 1690AM

Format: To ensure that as many people as possible can participate, individuals will be given an opportunity to speak for up to two minutes per person.

The public is invited to submit comments online, prior to the community input session and through Friday, January 15th by visiting the Chicago Urban League Facebook Forum or via email to

“This is a watershed moment for the CPD. The hiring of a new superintendent must reflect the input of all Chicagoans. If not, there are risks that trust between the African American community and law enforcement will be irretrievably broken,” said Shari Runner, Interim President and CEO, CUL. “Importantly, this is an opportunity for the Chicago Police Board to take into consideration some of the most pressing concerns and issues facing communities of color.”

About the Chicago Urban League

Established in 1916, the Chicago Urban League works for economic, educational and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration and innovation. For more information, visit Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.