The task force met to discuss the addition of $54 million even as Mayor Daley was getting ready for a press conference to detail his plan to force Chicago Police officers into early retirement.
Phelan is with Fix Wilson Yard, a group that is suing the City of Chicago and Holsten Real Estate, the developer of the large Wilson Yard project that will be anchored by a Target store and other retail and office space, and low-income housing.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, "If all or most of the candidates take advantage of the early-retirement perk, Chicago taxpayers could save $23 million over the next three years." That's about half of what Shiller wants to add to the Wilson Yard TIF District.
|Helen Shiller (center)|
Phelan was persistent in asking Shiller to detail how the additional money would be used. Shiller interrupted her. "I'm talking to a person who other people on this task force said I was crazy to let sit at the table, who's antagonistic and suing us..." Many in the crowd immediately shouted "How dare you!" and "Let her speak!"