L to R: Rev. Leon Finney, Ald. George Cardenas (12), Ald. Danny Solis (25), Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) and Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6) discuss their amicus brief filing at Galileo Elementary School on April 3, 2017.

Aldermen from City Council’s Black and Latino Caucus joined Rev. Leon Finney at Galileo Elementary School Monday to announce plans to file amicus briefs in Chicago Public Schools’ pending case against the state–an uncommon practice in Cook County’s Circuit Court. Ald. Danny Solis (25), the local alderman, joined Black Caucus Chairman Roderick Sawyer (6) and Latino Caucus Chairman George Cardenas (12), as well as Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) at the podium in Galileo’s library. While the group called for the court to end the disparity “once and for all,” and argued the evidence in CPS’ favor was “overwhelming” and showed “a pattern of discrimination” from the state, no briefs were released until hours later.

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