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CHICAGO (CBS) — Aldermen are questioning taxcredits provided to Spike Lee's controversial film, which depicts the rampant gang violence on Chicago's streets.

"Chiraq" recently wrapped shooting and is scheduled for release via Amazon in December.

Politicians initially took issue with the film's title, a label they claim put the city in a bad light.
Critics of those aldermen say that rather than holding hearings on tax credits, they should be doing more to stop the violence.

Supporters of the film say it pumped $15 million into Chicago economy, providing jobs and generating revenue for restaurants and hotels...


Meantime, Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina, said the debate is missing the point.

“It’s like a shell game,” Pfleger said before the hearings on Monday. “We are ignoring the real problem. There are people today at cemeteries. … Do you think they care about a movie title?”...


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