As expected, few expert witnesses and no one from the Chicago Police Department showed up to testify at a nearly two hour long joint committee hearing on police reform held at City Hall yesterday, leaving the two chairmen to rethink their strategy to overhaul the department and the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA).

After sitting through more than a dozen witnesses, many of whom testified about the poor decision to hold only two public meetings at City Hall during business hours with limited public notice, Budget Chair Carrie Austin (34) and Public Safety Chair Ariel Reboyras (30) suggested they’d be open to extending the timeline for reform. They said they may hold additional meetings at public venues across the city.

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