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Chicago Council Approves Ordinance To Honor Boston

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Chicago Council Approves Ordinance To Honor Boston

NBCChicago.com

Chicago's City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance to honor the city of Boston and the victims of the twin bombings at the city's marathon last month.  

Ald. Ed Burke called on the council to "reflect on Chicago's own violent past" and congratulated Boston for its "hard work and character." 

Burke compared what happened in Boston to Chicago's "1886 Haymarket bombing at Randolph and DesPlaines during which 11 people were killed. "We are all compelled to confront harsh realities."

Mayor Rahm Emanuel added that the resolution honors the city, emphasizing "our own ability ro respond is up to speed."

On April 15, two explosions tore through the crowd near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 175.

Two brothers are suspected of setting off the twin pressure cooker bombs. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed April 18 in a wild shootout with police, and after a city-wide manhunt, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured the next day.

After the bombings, the Chicago Police Department sent five detectives and a sergeant to Boston to help with the investigation.

"Chicago stands in solidarity with Boston and we are ready to help in any way we can," Emanuel said.
 

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