A protester interrupted Thursday morning’s budget hearing on the Department of Buildings, loudly chanting, “16 shots and a cover up!”, marking the two-year anniversary of Laquan McDonald’s death. The meeting was otherwise routine, mostly focusing on the city’s large stock of vacant buildings. The issue was best summed up by Ald. Mike Zalewski (23): “The very, very, very frustrating issue of a house that has been sitting and sitting, vacant and abandoned, and dilapidated, and rat infested, and squirrel infested.”

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