The Rev. Michael Pfleger called it an "orchestrated distraction" from the city's real gun violence.
"There's always been a need for more open space in the community," said Ald. Pat Dowell.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said, "The entire department will be out, we'll be out in uniform."
Ald. Pat Dowell called the park a "celebration of the life of Hadiya Pendleton."
Politicians tugged from opposite sides on Spike Lee's film, as Gov. Bruce Rauner halted the tax program.
Ald. Will Burns (4th) was trying to halt a state tax credit for Spike Lee's "Chiraq" film production.
The mayor said stopping street violence "is not just the job of the Police Department."
Of the 77 neighborhoods, only O'Hare saw overall crime stats go up.
Murders declined to a 50-year low, while Mayor Rahm Emanuel plunged into the Polar Vortex.
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of breaking a promise to hire more police.
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of breaking a campaign pledge to hire 1,000 officers.
McCarthy told aldermen crime was down, and the racial disparity for marijuana citations was "erased."
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy faced grilling from aldermen on crime statistics.
Deonta Noble, 20, was identified as a shooter via his Facebook page, prosecutors said.
Overall crime from Jan. 1-June 30 also decreased for the third straight year, down 15 percent from 2013.
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