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By Gary WashburnTribune staff reporter
Published September 12, 2005, 8:30 PM CDT
"A City Council committee on Monday weighed in on the war in Iraq, hearing emotional testimony on both sides of the issue before advancing a resolution calling for an "orderly and rapid" withdrawal of American troops.
"If the full council approves the measure, Chicago would be one of the first big cities in the country officially to urge the federal government to end the war, said Ald. Joseph Moore (49th), a lead sponsor of the resolution, already endorsed by 40 of the council's 50 aldermen. The council will consider the measure Wednesday.
"And what heft might Chicago's opinion have?"When you have a city as diverse as Chicago is and large as Chicago is weighing in on this important issue, I think it will have real impact," Moore said. "We are not Berkeley, Calif., or Madison, Wis., that routinely passes this sort of resolution. We are from the heartland."
"San Francisco apparently is the only other big city so far to have called for a troop withdrawal, though some smaller towns have taken similar action."Click the Chicago Tribune by-line link for the whole story.