Dozens of protesters concerned about what they say are the mayor's attempts to muzzle free speech stood outside council chambers during the debate shouting "now let us in" and "we vote no."
Aldermen, satisfied by Emanuel backing down on aspects of the plan for the
Emanuel's plans to deal with the protesters has faced a wave of criticism from aldermen concerned that the new rules would only antagonize protesters.
"I still have concerns about freedom of expression and civil liberties," Hairston said. "These are subjective, people can be (punished) for expressing themselves."
"The challenge for us as lawmakers is to strike a balance," between enforcing the law and giving people the ability to "redress grievances," Moore said.