I voted yes on the NATO/G-8 Ordinance, proposed by Mayor Emanuel, today. While my original position was to vote against this ordinance, my opinion changed over the last two days, because of the changes made to the original proposal.
Comparing 1968 and 2011, ask yourself if there is any real difference between Mayor Daley's police brutalizing antiwar protesters in Chicago then, and Mayor Bloomberg's police clearing Zuccotti Park last week.
Rape is a complex issue, and these complexities need to be acknowledged rather than pushed aside. I'm proud of our city for recognizing this and leading the way with a comprehensive definition of sexual assault.
The police shouldn't be wasting their time arresting and processing people who are caught with an insignificant amount of marijuana. I'd rather see them on the streets, preventing violent crime and catching bad guys.