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City Council considers LGBT sports resolution, parking meter deal details

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

In the wake of NBA basketball star Jason Collins coming out as gay, Chicago's City Council considered a resolution Wednesday that would make professional sports safer for LGBT athletes.

The resolution calls on sports commissioners to make pro-LGBT public statements and sanction athletes who use anti-gay slurs.

Ald. Moore is the head of the Human Relations Committee in City Council.

"This resolution, if passed, could potentially be a model for other counties across the nation, helping to open the closet doors of professional sports," Ald. Joe Moore said. "Our youth need gay sports heroes."

City Council wants Chicago to be seen as a gay-friendly and progressive city, and have those values reflected in our proud sports teams.

Aldermen held public hearings on the issue on Tuesday.

"Many LGBT people I know, especially those in their 50's and 60's, all experienced violence in some form or another," Ald. James Cappelman said. "I don't know any person my age who's openly gay who has not experienced violence in some way or another."

If the full council approves the ordinance, Chicago would become the second city to declare its backing for gay or transgendered athletes. San Francisco was the first.

City Council also took the first steps in tackle the parking meter deal during their Wednesday meeting. It was a very sore subject here at City Hall Wednesday.

Mayor Emanuel announced recently that he had renegotiated that deal to try to save some people some money. The aldermen got the wording of the reworked contract Wednesday and they looked at it and said it still stinks.

The mayor said he reworked the deal to save a billion dollars. Parking on Sundays would be free in a number of neighborhoods - except downtown, where parking hours would be extended until midnight. All of the aldermen said they don't want to make another bad deal.

"We need to get teeth to the inspector general, give him subpoena powers," Ald. Fioretti said. Make sure they cooperate with any kind of investigations or audits that he has, especially now that we're looking at the parking meter fiasco again. We need somebody that can analyze the contracts."

"Many of us were burned the first time, and some are concerned that we may be doubling down on a bad deal," Ald. Brendan Reilly said. "Until we really understand how this one is set up, it's appropriate to be hesitant and ask lots of questions and take the time it deserves. It's a major policy move."

Ald. Reilly believes the deal could be reworked. The mayor disagrees.

Emanuel also said during Wednesday's City Council meeting that he wants to crack down on motorists and traffic.

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