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Rahm Emanuel during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on Oct. 20. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about the murder of Laquan McDonald during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday to become the U.S. ambassador to Japan, saying that "there's not a day or a week that has gone by in the last seven years I haven't thought about this."

Catch up quick: McDonald was a Black teenager who was fatally shot 16 times by Chicago police during Emanuel's tenure as the city's mayor. The 2014 shooting triggered massive protests, both because of its nature and the fact that the officers' body-cam footage was concealed for years.

  • Emanuel has faced criticism over his handling of the shooting.
  • Wednesday's hearing took place on the seventh anniversary of McDonald's death.

What he's saying: "I think we all know that over the last 10 years, there's not a city in this country, regardless of size, that hasn't dealt with the gulf between police activities and the oversight and accountability that's necessary. Chicago is no different," Emanuel said.

  • Emanuel called Chicagoans' distrust of the authorities "well-deserved and well-earned," adding that as mayor he, "made a number of changes that dealt with oversight, accountability, and it is clear to me, those changes were inadequate to the level of distrust."
  • "They were on the best marginal, I thought I was addressing the issue, and I clearly missed the level of distrust and skepticism that existed, and that’s on me," he added.

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Chicago assessments go up, property taxes could be next

Homes stand in a neighborhood in this aerial photograph taken over Chicago. Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Done every three years, 2021 is the next year for the Cook County Assessor's Office to reassess residential properties in the city of Chicago. And it's the first time for new Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi.

  • Some Chicagoans are already shocked by the increases in their property value, including Justin, who saw his estimated market value go up almost 50 percent.

Progressives to file resolution to strip Boebert's committee seats

Rep. Lauren Boebert walking through the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House progressives are planning to introduce a resolution on Wednesday to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) of her committee assignments, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: The move, which was first reported by the Washington Post, comes as progressives — anxious to see the right-wing firebrand face retribution for her recent comments — have grown frustrated by Democratic leadership's inaction on the issue.

Roger Stone won't cooperate with Jan. 6 panel

Longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone speaking in front of the Supreme Court on Jan. 5 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone won't cooperate with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and will invoke the Fifth Amendment right not to testify, his attorney said Tuesday evening.

Why it matters: The announcement, first reported by ABC News, came hours after former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said he wouldn't cooperate with the probe.

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