Leslie Hairston

Chicago approves paying $31M to 4 wrongfully convicted men

The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved a $31 million settlement to be shared by four men who were exonerated by DNA evidence after being imprisoned for more than a decade for a rape and killing.

The decision to accept the police misconduct settlement — one of the largest in Chicago's history — followed a heated exchange between aldermen. Some argued the city is too quick to settle such lawsuits, while other aldermen blamed the police force, saying it has looked the other way for years and even rewarded abusive officers.

The case before the council involved the 1994 rape and strangulation of Nina Glover and the convictions of four men who were teenagers at the time of...