Minority Procurement Policy Passes

Rockford aldermen have approved a minority and women business policy, but some say the policy that was passed is not strong enough to help. Tempers flared immediately after the measure was passed.

When Patrick Curran asked for a reconsideration of the vote, he was trying to prevent the backers of the policy from bringing it up in future meetings. That move didn't sit well with several aldermen.

“The rope is not around your neck, but I’ll tell you economics is the same as the rope,” Alderman Victory Bell said.

Speaking directly to the minority business community attending Monday's meeting, Bell made a call to action. He said the city is finding reasons to not treat people equally, and it has to stop.

The measure was ultimately passed by a 9-4 margin, but the reconsideration vote means aldermen cannot persuade others to change their votes before the next meeting.

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